(Greek: a suffix; pertaining to; of the nature of, like; in chemistry, it denotes a higher valence of the element than is expressed by -ous)

A reference to the abdomen and the gall bladder.
Relating to the abdomen and pelvis, especially the combined abdominal and pelvic cavities.
abdominoscopy, abdominoscopic
1. The external diagnostic examination of the abdomen by physical methods, and internally by endoscopic metods.
2. Inspection or examination of the abdominal cavity and its contents; particularly, the direct examination of the abdominal organs by endoscopy; peritoneoscopy; laparoscopy (an optical instrument using a single puncture which allows the examination of the organs of the abdominal cavity and peritoneum within limits defined by the length of the optical system).
A reference to or involving the abdomen and the thorax which is the part of the human body between the neck and the diaphragm, partially encased by the ribs and containing the heart and lungs (the chest).
abiogenetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Of or pertaining to that which does not result from the activities of living organisms: The former abiogenetic theory that plant and animal life can spontaneously arise from nonliving organic matter in a relatively short period of time has been rejected by just about everyone.
abiogenic (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to creatures not being derived from living organisms and so occurring independently of life or life processes, but perhaps preceding or leading to them: As late as the 17th century, people believed in the spontaneous or abiogenic generation of worms, fish, frogs, and even mice from dew, slime, and mud.
abiogenic theory (s) (noun), abiogenic theories (pl)
The theory that hydrocarbon deposits have a primarily non-biological origin.

According to this concept, such materials became trapped far below the earth's crust when the basic structure of the planet evolved, and have subsequently migrated into reservoirs and to the surface through openings in in the earth's crust.

Contrasted with the more generally accepted biogenic theory that hydrocarbon deposits derive from the remains of living organisms.

abiotic (adjective) (not comparative)
1. A reference to the absence, or deficiency, of life: Is there such a thing as the abiotic existence of matter that is devoid of life or any specific life conditions?

Characterized by the absence of life, inanimate; such as, sand, gravel, stones, etc. all of which are abiotic.

2. Relating to, or caused by, nonliving environmental factors: Many of the abiotic conditions are destructive of living organisms; including temperature, water, soil, pH, and salinity.
abiotrophic (adjective), more abiotrophic, most abiotrophic
1. A reference to the physical degeneration or the loss of vitality.
2. Describing disease processes presumed to be a result of the progressive loss of vitality of certain tissues or organs leading to physical disorders or the loss of bodily functions.
abstistic (adjective) more abstistic, most abstistic
1. A reference to all conversations, writings, and arguments that are based on theoretical principles, positions, political persuasions; pertaining to data that is devoid of the heart, voice, poetry, or ideology rather than experience: The essay was an abstistic model of nothing but compassionless ideas and statistics.
2. Etymology: from abstract, meaning "disembodied, divorced from being perceived by the senses or the mind or being handled or touched or felt" + statistic, "facts that describe a situation".
abyssopelagic (adjective), more abyssopelagic, most abyssopelagic
1. Relating to the region of deep water which excludes the ocean floor; floating in the ocean depths. Living in the oceanic water column at depths of between 4,000 and 6,000 meters [13,120 feet to 19,680 feet], seaward of the shelf-slope break: The marine biologists used specialized mechanical diving equipment to explore the abyssopelagic depths of the sea.
2. Of or relating to organisms or phenomena in midwater, but still at great depths: At the abyssopelagic depths of the sea, many of the creatures are blind.
1. Connected with education, educational studies, an educational institution, or the educational system.
2. Scholarly and intellectual.
3. Theoretical and not of any practical relevance.
4. Using the conventional techniques or emphasizing the formal aspects of an art form; such as, painting or poetry.
5. Designed for students who intend to study at a college after high school, or attending a school with such courses.
6. Someone teaching or conducting research at an institution of higher learning.
7. Someone with a scholarly background or attitudes.
academic anthropologist (s) (noun), academic anthropologists (pl)
Those who are involved in the teaching about members of humanity at colleges and universities: Academic anthropologists do research; however, their objectives are usually more for the contributions they can make to the general knowledge people.
acapnic (adjective), more acapnic, most acapnic
Pertaining to or referring to a condition in which the level of carbon dioxide in the blood is lower than normal that often results from deep or rapid breathing.
acapnotic (adjective)