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
symbiology
The study of symbiosis.
symbion
An organism associated with another in symbiosis; a symbiotic organism.
symbiont
An organism participating in a symbiotic relationship.

The term tends to be used more in reference to mutualists (relation between two different species of organisms that are interdependent; each gains benefits from the other) than to parasites, commensals (relationship in which one species derives some benefit while the other is unaffected), or other types of symbionts.

symbiosis
Symbiosis or getting along with others for mutual benefits.

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symbiote
An organism or species living in a state of symbiosis.
symbiotic
A reference to, or relating to, symbiosis.
symbiotical
symbiotism
1. Living together, social life.
2. Association of two different organisms (usually two plants, or an animal and a plant) which live attached to each other, or one as a tenant of the other, and contribute to each other’s support.

Also more widely, any intimate association of two or more different organisms, whether mutually beneficial or not.

3. The biological association of two or more species for their mutual benefit.
4. The mutual cooperation or interdependence of two people, as mother and infant, or husband and wife; sometimes used to denote excessive or pathological interdependence of two persons.

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symbiotrophic
symbiotrophy
1. Obtaining nourishment through symbiosis.
2. A reference to an organism obtaining nourishment through a symbiotic relationship.
synclerobiosis
An adventitious, and frequently temporary, association between two species of ants.
telobiosis
Joining by experimental procedures of two embryos end to end.
thamnobiont
thamnobiontic
Descriptive of organisms living in bushes and shrubs.
thanatobiologic
Pertaining to death and life.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.