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Bio Words referring to “life” :
“bioecologist” to “biofraud”
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bio-, bi-, -bia, -bial, -bian, -bion, -biont, -bius, -biosis,
-bium, -biotic, -biotical, -biotic (Greek: life; living, live, alive).

Don’t confuse this element with another bi- that means “two”.

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One who favors or specializes in bioecology. Also ecologist.
bioecology, bioecological:
The science of organisms as affected by the factors of their environments; study of the environment and life history of organisms. Also, ecology.
bioelectric, bioelectricity:
Of or pertaining to electrical phenomena produced in living organisms such as that which is generated by muscle and nerve tissue.
The use of techniques, tools, and knowledge gained in the study of the electrochemistry and physiology of living organisms.
Electrical production by living organisms.
1. The study of the role of intermolecular transfer of electrons in biological regulation and defense.
2. The science of electronic effect and control of living organisms.
An chemical element that is required by a living organism or which is a component of living tissue.
1. The study of the transformations of energy in living organisms; such as, photosynthesis.
2. The study of energy changes involved in the chemical reactions within living tissue.
3. The study of energy exchanges between living organisms and their environments.
4. A combination of therapies, including breathing and body exercise and the free expression of feelings and impulses, designed to relieve tension and release physical and emotional energy.
1. The application of engineering techniques to biological processes; such as, the creation of drugs utilizing bacteria, molds, yeasts, etc.
2. The science that specializes in the manufacture of artificial replacements for various parts or organs of the body.
3. The application of engineering methods for achieving biosynthesis of animal and plant products, such as fermentation processes.
Environment as it affects and is affected by living organisms.
bioequivalent, bioequivalence:
Having the same strength and similar bioavailability in the same dosage form as another specimen of a given drug substance. Bioequivalence is a function of bioavailability, and the terms are often used synonymously. Therapeutically equivalent preparations need not be either chemically equivalent or bioequivalent.
Erosion resulting from the direct action of living organisms as with the feeding of epibionts on reefs by urchins and grazing fish which results in scraping off bits of calcium carbonate. It is believed that the majority of sand-sized particles on reefs probably come from grazing activities.
bioethics, bioethical:
1. Study of moral problems connected with such issues as euthanasia, surrogate motherhood, genetic engineering, etc.
2. The study of ethical problems involved in biological research; such as, in genetics, organ transplants, and artificial insemination; especially when the application of advanced technology is involved.
A subdivision of a sedimentary unit based on a distinctive assemblage of fossils.
A training technique that enables an individual to gain some element of voluntary control over autonomic body functions; based on the learning principle that a desired response is learned when received information such as a recorded increase in skin temperature (feedback) indicates that a specific thought complex or action has produced the desired physiological response. In theory, a subject can learn to control his internal organs and vital functions; it might therefore be possible for a patient with essential hypertension to learn how to reduce his/her blood pressure.
The quality of being lifelike in appearance or responses and often refers to dummies used in safety investigations of motor vehicles or in demonstrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
A method of cell immobilization in which a microbe population grows in a thin layer of a living or nonliving surface.
1. A generic term for a group of compounds that are widely distributed in plants and that are concerned with maintenance of a normal state of the walls of small blood vessels.
2. A biologically active compound found in the rinds of citrus fruits and some other plants.
A steam fog caused by contact between very cold air and the warm moist air that surrounds human or animal bodies.
biofraud, bio-fraud:
The fraudulent manipulation of data in a biological study or survey; such as, when someone "submits false samples of a threatened species".

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