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.
The term bioterror is often used loosely to describe nuclear, biological, and/or chemical (NBC) terrorism.
The U.S. government is especially worried about the Big Six bioterrorism threats: anthrax, smallpox, plague, tularemia, botulism toxin, and viral hemorrhagic fevers (like the Ebola virus).
While less well-known than the other diseases, tularemia and botulism toxins could conceivably be aerosolized, causing severe respiratory illness and paralysis, respectively.
"Skyscrapers, tunnels, subways, and their requisite heating and air-conditioning systems provide targets and also ways of attack for would-be bioterrorists."
2. Virtually all biotherapeutic agents in clinical use are biotech pharmaceuticals. A biotech pharmaceutical is simply any medically useful drug whose manufacture involves microorganisms or substances that living organisms produce (e.g., enzymes). Most biotech pharmaceuticals are recombinant‹that is, produced by genetic engineering. Insulin was among the earliest recombinant drugs.
3. In psychology, any form of treatment for abnormal behavior that alters the individual’s physiological processes; such as, electric shock treatment or surgery.
4. The treatment of disease with biologicals, that is, materials produced by living organisms.
2. Pertaining to life or living organisms; caused by, produced by, or comprising living organisms.
2. The living organisms of a community habitat or environment.
2. The capacity of a population of living organisms to increase under ideal and optimal environmental conditions.
Environmental factors; such as, limitation of resources, predation, and disease mean that the biotic potential is seldom realized.
2. A biopsy instrument passed through a catheter into the heart to obtain pieces of tissue for diagnosis.
2. The smallest geographical unit of the biosphere or of a habitat that can be delimited by convenient boundaries and is characterized by its biota.
3. The location of a parasite within the host’s body.
4. An ecological niche, or restricted area, the environmental conditions of which are suitable for certain fauna and flora. A tree with its associated organisms is a biotope; a forest is a biochore.