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
probiosis
An association of two organisms that enhances the life processes of both.
protobiology
The phase of science dealing with life forms more minute than bacteria; such as, the ultraviruses and bacteriophages.
protobiont
1. Initial structures during the origin of life which can show at least one property of life.
2. An aggregate of organic molecules surrounded by a membrane or a membrane-like structure.

Protobionts exhibit some of the properties associated with life, including simple reproduction, metabolism and excitability; as well as, the maintenance of an internal chemical environment different from that of their surroundings.

protobios
Ultramicroscopic life; such as, ultraviuses.
psammobiontic
Living in sand; living interstitially between or attached to sand particles.
psychobiographer
Someone who writes about biographical studies that focus on psychological factors; such as, childhood traumas and unconscious motives.
psychobiography
A biographical study focusing on psychological factors, as childhood traumas and unconscious motives.
psychobiologic
psychobiological
psychobiology
1. The study of psychology from a biological point of view (including the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the mind) emphasizing the adaptive or functional aspects of behavior that enable the organism to meet survival challenges that are posed by the environment; synonym: biopsychology.
2. A method of psychoanalysis employing distributive analysis, that includes a study of all mental and physical factors involved in an individual's growth and development.
3. Objective psychobiology involves a special emphasis on the various relationships of the individual to his or her environment.
4. The branch of biology dealing with the relations or interactions between body and behavior, especially as exhibited in the nervous system, receptors, effectors, or the like.
5. The study of the interrelationships of biology and psychology in cognitive functioning, including intellectual, memory, and related neurocognitive processes.
radiobiology
The study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation upon living tissue.
saprobiological
saprobiologist
A biologist who studies saprobic environments or a reference to organisms that obtain their food directly from decaying organic material.
saprobiology
The study of saprobic environments.
saprobiontic
Relating to the feeding of dead or decaying organic matter.
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Related life, live-word units: anima-; -cole; vita-; viva-.