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
hobiont
Holophyte or any green, phototrophic, independent plant.
holendobiosis
A condition of being an obligate (obligatory) endobiont and specifically that of a parasitic fungus that produces spores within the host tissue.
hydrobiology
1. The study of life, or living organisms, in aquatic habitats.
2. The study of live forms in bodies of water; such as, lakes or estuaries.
hydrobios
The sum total of all aquatic life; that part of the earth’s surface occupied by aquatic organisms.
hydrobiosis
The development of living organisms, as bacteria, in fluid media; the conditions of life of such organisms; fluid media.
hypobiosis
A condition of those benthic organisms that live under surface structures such as domes and other similar situations.
hypobiotic
i-biology
The use of information technology to make new biological discoveries and to improve collaboration among scientists.

The i-biology approach represents the consolidation of the many diverse data in life science research into refined information. In contrast to bioinformatics, which represents solely computational biology, i-biology stands for an integrated approach, bringing applied scientists and bioinformaticians together.

implant biotelemetry
Detection of a function within the body of a human or animal and transmission, usually by radio, to a location outside the body where data are recorded.
Insect Biotechnology
isobiochore
A boundary line on a map connecting world environments that have similar floral and faunal constituents.
isobiogenetic
Producing equal amounts of vital energy.
kleptobiosis, cleptobiosis (s) (noun); kleptobioses, cleptobioses (pl)
Among ants and certain other social insects, an association in which a small species feeds on the refuse of a neighboring nest inhabited by a larger species, or robs returning workers of the host species of the food they are carrying.
kleptobiotic, cleptobiotic (adjective); more kleptobiotic, more cleptobiotic; most kleptobiotic, most cleptobiotic
1. Descriptive of an association during which one species forages upon the food stores of another species, but otherwise does not associate with the them.
2. Referring to stealing, or robbing, food from other living plant, insect, or animal groups.
krebiozen
An extract from peach kernels, the composition of which has not been fully described but which gained notoriety in the 1960’s and 1970’s as a dubious but exploited remedy for cancer; currently not regarded as effective.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.