bio-, bi-, -bia, -bial, -bian, -bion, -biont, -bius, -biosis, -bium, -biotic, -biotical

(Greek: life; living, live, alive)

Don’t confuse this element with another bi- which means "two".

The most important things in life are not things.

—Anonymous
biogeographically
Describing situations involving the study of the geographic distribution of plants and animals.
biogeography
1. The science of the geographical distribution of living things, animal (zoogeography) and vegetable (phytogeography).
2. The study of the geographical distributions of organisms, their habitats (ecological biogeography) and the historical and biological factors that produced them (historical biogeography).
biogeosphere
That part of the lithosphere within which living organisms can exist.
biogerontologist (s), biogerontologists (pl) (nouns)
Scientists who investigate the aging process and who do scientific studies of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging: "Some biogerontologists promote the idea that aging is a programmed phase of decline following the plateau of maturity."

"When biogerontologists attempt to take cells from organisms, whether plants or animals, and grow them in test tubes, old age soon overtakes the cultures and the cells stop dividing, and so the cultures die."

biogerontology (s) (noun)
A sub-field of gerontology (study of the social, psychological, and biological aspects of aging) that is concerned with the living processes of aging: "Biogerontology involves interdisciplinary research on biological aging's causes, effects, and mechanisms."

"Cells from old organisms are different from cells of young ones, and observations about how they differ are the basis of biogerontology, a science of the biology of aging."

bioglass
A ceramic-glass material used as a bone prosthesis.

Living bone fuses with it because chemically it resembles hydroxyapatite (an inorganic constituent of bone matrix and teeth, imparting rigidity to these structures).

bioglyph
A sedimentary structure consisting of a fossilized remnant or mark formed in soft sediment by the movement of an animal and pressed in sedimentary rock.
biognosis
The investigation of life which results in knowing about life.
biognosy
A proposed general term for the “life-sciences”.
biograph
1. An earlier form of the cinematograph.
2. An instrument for analyzing and rendering visible the movements of animals; used in diagnosis of certain nervous diseases.
3. To write or prepare a biography.
biographee
1. The subject of a biography.
2. The person whose life is described in a biography.
biographer
One who writes about the lives of people excluding oneself.
biographic
1. A reference to an account of someone’s life in the form of a book, movie, or television program, written or produced by another person.
2. Descriptive term for books about people’s lives, considered as a whole or as a type of literature.
Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.
—Soren Kierkegaard
biographical
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with biography; or a written account of another person's life.
2. Referring to, or pertaining to, a person's life.
biographically
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.