(Latin: suffix used to form abstract nouns expressing act, state, quality, property, or condition corresponding to an adjective)
2. A cruel or savage act.
3. Brutal or inhuman conduct; cruelty.
4. An act or instance of cruelty or inhumanity.
5. Crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.
2. Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.
3. Showing or having the impulse to be combative.
I shall give a propagandist reason for starting the war, no matter whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked afterwards whether he told the truth or not. When starting and waging war it is not right that matters, but victory.
2. A kind or gracious act: After a stressful week, Mrs. Challace, the famed lawyer, enjoyed being home and receiving many benignities from her family; all of whom helped her relax and forget the burdens related to her profession.
2. The point around which something or an object rotates or revolves.
2. The degree to which a drug is in place throughout the body and is ready for action at the desired receptor sites: After receiving an injection, the doctor advised the patient to rest while she monitored the bioavailability of the medication.
3. The extent to which a nutrient or medication can be used by a person: In order to adjust the medications properly, the doctor monitored the bioavailability of the medication that was prescribed for the patient.
Bioavailability is used to determine whether different brand-name drugs, a generic name as opposed to a brand-name drug, or, in some cases, different batches of the same brand-name drug, will produce the same therapeutic effects.
2. Being harmonious with life; that is, not having toxic or injurious effects on biological functions.
3. The capability of coexistence with living tissues or organisms without causing harm: "Artificial joint adhesives must have biocompatibility with bone and muscle or they will result in sever damage."
2. In different contexts it may denote: the number of different species present in a given environment (species diversity); the genetic diversity within a species (genetic diversity); the number of different ecosystems present in a given environment (ecological diversity).
High biodiversity is typical of complex and highly productive ecosystems; such as, tropical rain forests, where a small area can contain many different species of animals, plants, and other organisms.
Biodiversity is often used as an indicator of the health of such ecosystems.