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
eubiosphere
That part of the biosphere in which the physiological processes of living organisms can occur; comprising the allobiosphere and autobiosphere.
eubiotic
Living in a healthy manner.
eubiotics (pl) (noun), (a plural form that is used as a singular or a plural)
The study of living in a healthy condition.
eurybiontic
A reference to an organism tolerating a wide range of a particular environmental factor.
exobiologist
1. One who studies life that originates on the outside, or exterior, of an organism.
2. One who studies extraterrestrial life.
exobiology
A branch of biology with a special interest in the search for life on other planets and elesewhere in the universe, and with the study of conditions that might give rise to extraterrestrial life, as well as the study of the effects of extraterrestrial environments.
exobiotic
Living on the exterior of a substrate (substratum) [base to which a stationary animal or a plant is fixed] or the outside of an organism.
geobiologist
Someone who studies the biosphere or who specializes in the study of the interdisciplinary field of scientific research that explores interactions between the biosphere, the lithosphere, and the atmosphere.
geobiology
1. The study of the biosphere.
2. An interdisciplinary field of scientific research that explores interactions between the biosphere and the lithosphere and/or the atmosphere.
3. The study of terrestrial life.
geobion
A plant that is associated with dry land.
geobiont
An organism spending its whole life in the soil or in the ground.
geobiontic
A reference to an organism that spends its entire life in the ground.
geobionts
Organisms permanently inhabiting the soil and affecting its structure.
geobios
The total life of the land; that part of the earth's surface which is occupied by terrestrial organisms; terrestrial life.
gnotobiology
1. The study of organisms or conditions that are either free of germs or associated only with known or specified germs.
2. The study of animals in the absence of contaminating microorganisms; that is, of “germ-free” animals.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.