abiotic

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1874. a- +‎ biotic, both elements from Ancient Greek.

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abiotic (not comparable)

  1. Nonliving, inanimate, characterised by the absence of life; of inorganic matter. [Mid 20th century.][1]
  2. Tending to inhibit or destroy life; antibiotic; incompatible with life. [Mid 20th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], →ISBN), page 4