Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

bio-

Life; living things.

[Greek bios, (course of) human life.]

Though the Greek precursor of this form referred only to human life, the sense has been extended to mean organic life in general, especially in the key term biology, the study of living organisms. The form is extremely active in the language, and only a few of the more common examples of compounds are given in the list below. The great importance and potential of biological topics has resulted in many terms for cross-disciplinary subjects of study—a few examples appear in the list.

Examples of words in bio-
Terms mainly derive from English stems

General terms

bioavailability the proportion of a drug or other substance which is able to have an active effect in the body
biodegradable capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution
biodiversity the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat
biofeedback the use of electronic monitoring of a normally automatic bodily function in order to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function
biogas gaseous fuel, especially methane, produced by the fermentation of organic matter
biohazard a risk to human health or the environment arising from biological work
biome a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, such as forest or tundra
biomedical of or relating to both biology and medicine
bioremediation the use of micro-organisms to consume and break down environmental pollutants
biosphere the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the earth or another planet occupied by living organismsSubjects of study
biochemistry of the chemical and physico-chemical processes which occur within living organisms
biocomputing of the design and construction of computers using biochemical components
biogeography of the geographical distribution of plants and animals
biomathematics of the application of mathematics to biology
biomechanics of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms
biophysics of the application of physics to biology
biotechnology the exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes

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