Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Life; living organism: biome.
  • Biology; biological: biophysics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • life

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a prefix meaning of or pertaining to life, produced by living things, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An element in many compound words, chiefly scientific, meaning life.

Etymologies

Greek, from bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek βίος ("life"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When she lost her job at Pennzoil back in 2000, it took her seven months to find a new one at Quintiles, a bio- and pharmaceutical-services company.

    Long-Term Unemployment Ripples Through One Town

  • The new agreement continues to ban shipments of soy-whey products and bio- solids to the recycling facilities, and will prohibit soils contaminated with more than 500 parts per million of petroleum hydrocarbons.

    Firm, regulators strike deal to ease Mecca odor

  • Once a small Japanese pharmaceutical corp, Aikida was now the largest bio- and gen-tech corp in the world, with global headquarters in Chindia and a major presence in every developed country except the United States.

    Wired

  • Many experts advocate that we adopt such a principle for other potentially dangerous technologies, such as bio- and nano-technologies.

    The Ethical War Machine

  • This combines the idea of living energy uniquely associated with living organisms (bio-) with that of electricity (-electric) and negatively charged ions (-ionic), which as we shall see below comprise the essential nature of chee.

    The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity

  • China spends on green energy and bio- and nanotechnology, that will most likely become products in the 2020s.

    MarketWatch.com - Software Industry News

  • General knowledge or interest in rehabilitation and/or bio- or mechanical engineering principles.

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • For related reading, see The bio- and renewable plastic sector has already begun to see tremendous growth in only a few short years.

  • Platybelodon grangeri, three growth stages, and a new serridentine from Mongolia Litho-, bio-, and magnetostratigraphy and paleoenvironment of Tunggur Formation middle Miocene in central Inner Mongolia, China

    Wired Top Stories

  • Advanced BioHealing's lead product is Dermagraft, a bio- engineered skin substitute used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, Dublin-based Shire said yesterday in a statement.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

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