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.

1. Living attached to another organism.
2. Surviving, applied to endemic species that are relics of a former flora or fauna; growing on the exterior of living organisms; living on a surface, as of the sea bottom.

An antonym is hypobiotic.

Living attached to another organism without any connotation of mutualism.

Urchins and grazing fishes feed on epibionts of reefs and often scrape off bits of calcium carbonate; resulting in bioerosion.

Either the condition of those organisms that live on the surface of another organism or those benthic organisms that live on the surface of bottom mud.
Living attached to another organism; such as, fungus.
A specialist in the science of desert life.
The study, or science, of desert life.
Living in desert regions.
Living in desert regions.
An adjective modifying studies related to ethnobiology.
Someone who is a specialist in the study of ethnobiology or the study of ethnic groups as they are affected by the biological factors in their environment.
1. The biological study of human races.
2. The study of ethnic groups as they are affected by the biological factors in their environment.
3. The study of the way various cultural groups make use of or interact with the animals and plants of their environment.

Pointing to a page about ethnobiology. An ethnobiologist who is working to preserve the skills of native medicine men (shamans) in South America.

A descriptive reference to ethnobiomedicine.
The use of herbs (medicinal plants) by other cultures to fight various physical ailments; such as, yellow fever, malaria, heart disease, snake bites, mental illness, high-blood pressure, etc.
That part of the biosphere in which the physiological processes of living organisms can occur; comprising the allobiosphere and autobiosphere.
Living in a healthy manner.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.