-al; -ial, -eal

(Latin: suffix; pertaining to, like, of the kind of, relating to, characterized by, belonging to; action of, process of)

bilingual (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Relating to the ability to speak two languages easily and naturally: Since Kate has been working with French and English customers, she has become an efficient bilingual business woman.
2. Descriptive of a text that is written, expressed, or conducted in two languages: Jerry is using a bilingual dictionary while he is learning German in his American school.
3. A reference to the use of two languages: A very good example of a bilingual nation is Canada, where the official means of communication are English and French.
Relating to speaking two language.
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binomial (s) (noun), binomials (pl)
1. An algebraic expression for the sum of the difference of two terms: A binomial consists of two terms linked by a plus symbol or a minus symbol, for example a+b, or 9-2.
2. A two-part name: A binomial is especially exemplified by the Latin name of a species of a living organism that consists of the genus followed by the specific title.
biomaterial (s) (noun), biomaterials (pl)
1. The total weight of all living things in a given area: Biomaterial refers to the complete weight of the members of a biotic community, of a species population, or of a habitat, and can be a measure of total biotic productivity.
2. The total weight of the organic substance (as plankton) or organisms in a given area: Biomaterial can be measured as volume, mass (live, dead, dry, ash-free weight), or energy (calories), or as a standing crop.
3. Material that can safely be implanted into the human body and left there without causing an adverse reaction: At the hospital, the biomaterial, as a heart, can be used to save a person's life.
4. A plastic, fabric, or other material used to construct an implantable prosthesis and chosen for its biocompatibility: Dr. Smart was happy to receive the perfect biomaterial, an artificial joint, for his patient.
biopotential (s) (noun), biopotentials (pl)
A biologically-initiated possibility of existence: A biopotential is the quiescent form of energy in biological material before it is transformed into an active state that results in the manifestations of life.
biosocial (adjective) (not comparable)
Of or pertaining to the interaction of biological and social factors: Jack was interested in both biological and societal aspects of life and decided to learn more about such biosocial features of living organisms. .
biracial (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning two races: Ruth has biracial parents. Her father is Asian and her mother is an Alaskan native.
biradial (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning something both arranged like rays and having identical parts on each side of an axis: Certain sea anemones are considered to be biradial organisms.
boreal (adjective), more boreal, most boreal
Pertaining to something in or from the north; northern: The Roberts lived in a boreal region with snowy winters and a rather short summer.
borealization (s) (noun) (no pl)
In ecology, the naturalisation of plants growing in more northern areas: An example of borealization is the adaption of the common coniferous forests in northern regions.
botanical (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of the study of plants: In class, Mr. Tree suggested that his students buy a botanical textbook that they could use for the rest of the year.
brachial (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning or belonging to the arm or an armlike part: Vertebrates have brachial extremities of their bodies, like a foreleg or a wing.
brevilineal (adjective), more brevilineal, most brevilineal
Depicting a body that is shorter and broader than usual: Mary's neighbor was very short and stocky for his age and was described by his doctor as having a brevilineal body structure.
bronchial (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the small bronchi: In medical school, Susan learned about the diseases of the bronchial tubes.
bronchotracheal (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the bronchi and the trachea; tracheobronchial: Dr. Williams informed Jenny that she had a tumor in the bronchotracheal region and would have to be surgically removed.
buccofacial (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to the outer surface of the cheek or a combination of the side of the face and the mouth of a person's head. Before Lynn's tooth was extracted, the dentist injected an anaesthetic which caused the buccofacial area around her mouth to be quite swollen!