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
biont
1. An individual organism.
2. A living thing.
bionucleonics
The study of the biological applications of radioactive and rare stable isotopes.
bio-oceanography (s) (noun), bio-oceanographies (pl)
The study of the flora (plants) and fauna (animals) of oceans in relation to their marine environments.
bio-organic, bioorganic
1. A reference to describe a carbon-based (organic) compound produced by a living organism or of biological importance.
2. Relating to the composition and biological activity of carbon-based compounds; especially, those of laboratory rather than to biogenic origins.
biopack, biopak
A container used to keep a living organism during space flight and to monitor its physiological functions.
bioparent (s) (noun), bioparents (pl)
A natural parent.
biopesticide
Toxins which have been developed from plants or other living organisms that kill insects.
biophage
An organism that derives the nourishment for its existence from another living organism.
biophagism
Consuming, eating, or destroying other living organisms; a special reference to certain parasites.
biophagous
Feeding on living organisms; a reference to certain parasites.
biophagy
biopharmaceutics
The study of the physical and chemical properties of a drug, and its dosage form, as related to the onset, duration, and intensity of the drug action.
biopharming
Growing pharmaceuticals by using genetically modified plants.

Biopharming, in which genes for pharmacologically active agents are inserted and grown in crops such as potatoes, is a rapidly expanding area.

Similar experiments are also taking place with animals. Genetically altered cows and goats can produce milk containing human proteins that can then be separated from the milk and used for therapeutics.

biophile
1. Someone who has a desire or instinct for self-preservation.
2. In biochemistry, any element occurring in living organisms or organic matter, such as carbon, oxygen, or nitrogen.
biophilia
1. The instinct of self-preservation.
2. Considered by some to be the connections humans subconsciously seek with the rest of life.
3. A belief that animals have rights that human beings should respect.

This term could also apply to the term, zoophilia, et al.

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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.