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

  • adj. Of or having to do with life or living organisms.
  • adj. Produced or caused by living organisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or produced by life or living organisms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to life.
  • adj. produced by or caused by living things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as biotical.
  • Pertaining to or treating of a biota, or the combined fauna and flora of a region or period: as, a biotic publication; a biotic region.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to living organisms


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


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