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
lestobiosis
The same as cleptobiosis and kleptobiosis; typified by furtive thievery.
limnobiologic
limnobiology
1. The biology (study of life forms) of lakes and ponds.
2. The study of organisms living in lakes, ponds, and other standing freshwater bodies.
limnobion
An association of organisms in a lake.
limnobiont
A freshwater organism.
limnobiontic
limnobios
The total life of fresh waters; that part of the Earth’s surface occupied by freshwater organisms.
macrobiosis
1. Tending to prolong life; relating to the prolongation of life.
2. The science of prolonging life.
macrobiota
1. The population of organisms of a size larger than a few centimeters in any habitat or ecosystem (especially applied to soil).
2. Large soil organisms, exceeding about 40-50 mm in length.
3. All soil organisms of larger size than those of the mesobiota including plant roots, larger insects, earthworms, etc.
macrobiote
macrobiotic (adjective), more macrobiotic, most macrobiotic
Describing a dietary program advocating the restrictive use of certain foods; such as, one rich in whole grain cereals: Macrobiotic foods are considered healthy because they consist of grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables produced without adding chemicals and is maintained by proponents as a diet promoting good health, but regarded by many nutritionists as deficient in essential proteins.

Such a macrobiotic diet may also consist of fish, but it does not include edibles; such as, other animal meat and eggs.

Food consisting of grains and vegetables used to prolong life.
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macrobiotics
1. The study of the prolongation or extension of life; long-lived.
2. The theory or practice of promoting well-being and longevity, principally by means of a diet consisting chiefly of whole grains and beans.
macrosymbiont
The larger of two symbionts.
macrosymbiote
The larger of two symbiotic organisms.
marine biocycle
A division of the biosphere that includes all marine organisms.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.