abiotic

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See also: abiòtic

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1874. From a- +‎ biotic, the first element from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-) and the second from Ancient Greek βιωτικός (biōtikós, of life), from βίος (bíos, life) +‎ -ῐκός (-ikós).

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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 “abiotic” in Lesley Brown, editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 4.