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
biography (s) (noun), biographies (pl)
1. The history of the lives of individual men and women, as a branch of literature.
2. The written record of the life of an individual.
3. The life-course of a man or other living being; the “life-history” of an animal or plant.

This is the best biography by me I have ever read.

—Lawrence Welk

A biography is a book that is usually written about a dead person because it is so unlike him when he was alive.

—Evan Esar
biogravics
That field of study dealing with the effect on living organisms (particularly man) of abnormal gravitational effects produced; that is, by acceleration or by free fall; in the former case, heavier than normal weight is induced, and in the latter weightlessness.
biohack
biohacker
A hobbyist who tinkers with DNA and other aspects of genetics.

Robotics is hardly the only emergent industry that can expect the embrace of the techno-enthusiast. Maybe bathtub biotech will be next to capture the mindshare of the techie tinkerers.

Maybe bioinformatics and the diffusion of genetic engineering technologies and techniques will inspire a new generation of biohackers. Certainly the technologies are there for those inclined to genetically edit their plants or pets.

Maybe a mouse or E. coli genome becomes the next operating system for hobbyists to profitably twiddle. Perhaps this decade will bring a Linus Torvalds or Bill Gates of biohackerdom—a hobbyist who turns into an entrepreneur who can simultaneously innovate and market his or her DNA-driven ideas.

— Michael Schrage, Technology Review, June, 2003
biohackerdom
biohazard
1. A potentially dangerous infectious agent such as may be found in a clinical microbiology laboratory or used in experimental studies on genetic recombination.
2. Potential danger from biological sources, as opposed to chemical or mechanical dangers.
3. A risk to human beings or their environment, especially one presented by a toxic or infectious agent.
bioherm
1. A reef, such as a coral reef, formed from organic material.
2. A mound-like accumulation of fossil remains on the site where organisms lived.
3. A mound, dome, or reef-like mass of rock that is composed almost exclusively of the remains of sedentary marine organisms; such as, corals, algae, mollusks, and other sedentary marine life; and is embedded in rock of a different physical character or lithology.
biohermal
biohermite
Any limestone formed of debris from a bioherm, often found in reef cores.
biohydraulic
1. Pertaining to the action of water and solutions in living tissue.
2. Referring to the movement of aqueous fluids through living tissues.
biohydrogen
biohydrology
1. The study of the interaction between plant and animal life and water cycles.
2. The science of solution action in living tissue.
3. The study of the interactions between water, plants, and animals, including the effects of water on biota as well as the physical and chemical changes in water or its environment produced by biota.
bioimplant
Denoting, or referring to, a prosthesis made of biosynthetic material.
bioinformatics; bioinfomatics
1. The study of the applications of computer and statistical techniques to the management of biological information. In genome projects, bioinformatics includes the development of methods to search databases quickly, to analyze DNA sequence information, and to predict protein sequence and structure from DNA sequence data.
2. The application of computer technology to the management of biological information. Specifically, it is the science of developing computer databases and algorithms to facilitate and expedite biological research, particularly in genomics.
3. A scientific discipline that includes all aspects of the gathering, storing, handling, analyzing, interpreting and the spreading of biological information.

It involves powerful computers and innovative programs that handle vast amounts of coding information on genes and proteins from genomics programs.

It also comprises the development and application of computational algorithms for the purpose of analysis, interpretation, and prediction of data for the design of experiments in the biosciences.

bioinorganic
A reference to the biological activity of metal complexes and nonmetal compounds based on elements other than carbon; as contrasted with bio-organic.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.