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See also: -biotic and biòtic



From Ancient Greek βιωτικός (biōtikós, of life), from βίος (bíos, life). Equivalent to bio- +‎ -otic.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /baɪˈɒt.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /baɪˈɑ.tɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk


biotic (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Of, pertaining to, or produced by life or living organisms
    • 1994, Nils D. Warnock, Biotic and Abiotic Factors Affecting the Distribution and Abundance of a Wintering Population of Dunlin, page 141:
      This study and others at Bolinas Lagoon show that a number of variables, both biotic and abiotic, influence individual, local and regional distribution patterns of Dunlin.
  2. Misspelling of biontic.
    • 1961, George A. Theodorson, Studies in Human Ecology, page 4:
      The biotic level involves basic, nonthoughtful adjustments made in the struggle for existence.
    • 1988, Roland Leslie Warren, Larry Lyon, New Perspectives on the American Community, page 33:
      Competition, on the biotic level, as we observe it in the plant and animal communities, seems to be relatively unrestricted.
    • 1995, South African Journal of Science - Volume 90, page 332:
      How important is biotic gene-dispersal to the success of the angiosperms?
    • 2002, Proceedings of the Ninth International Coral Reef Symposium, page 937:
      Knowledge of these patterns is essential to developing comprehensive conservation plans that maximize protection of biotic and phyletic diversity.



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biotic (plural biotics)

  1. A nutritional substance that improves the health of gastrointestinal microorganisms, especially one that occurs naturally.
    • 2008 March 1, Linnet Crow Peter Johnson, “The benefits of biotics”, in The Dairy Mail:
      This is done by manipulating the microflora that reside within the GIT of all living things and this is the point at which all the "biotics" come into play.
    • 2018, E A. Parfenov, Biotic Type Antioxidants, page 2:
      Thus, there is a principal difference between biotics and synthetic compounds. Biotics possess a number of structural and functional properties that allow them to enter biological molecular structures without too much difficulty and to function with high activity in the composition of these structures and biological cycles.
    • 2018, Anthony William, Medical Medium Liver Rescue:
      You can't buy elevated biotics packaged up in bottles at the store, and you can't even find them in fermented foods. They don't exist in any area of industry; they exist on a fresh sprout or microgreen or an organic apple you pick from a tree or on kale you pluck from your backyard plot. These elevated biotics create the strongest beneficial bacteria environment possible in the intestinal tract, and this greatly benefits the liver in ways undiscovered by medical research and science.
    • 2022 January, Jing Liu, Jian Yong Zhong, Hai Chun Yang, Dong Qin Wang, Ying Zhang, Yu Meng Yang, Guo Lan Xing, Valentina Kon, “Biotic Supplements in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials”, in Journal of Renal Nutrition, volume 32, number 1:
      We conducted a meta-analysis to assess the therapeutic benefits of biotics in CKD.
    • 2022, Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Sib Sankar Giri, Biotechnological Advances in Aquaculture Health Management, page 259:
      The indicative references cited in this chapter clearly illustrate the critical contribution of these biotics to the general health and well-being of cultured organism.
  2. A simple organic organism that is more complex than an organic molecule but simpler than a plant or animal.
    • 1963, George Stuart Brady, Materials Handbook, page 880:
      The biotics constitute an extensive group of organic materials that are simple, living microorganisms and cannot be expressed as chemical formulas.
    • 1983, Bret D. Hampton, Carbonate Sedimentology of the Manzanita Member of the Cherry Canyon Formation (Middle Guadalupian, Permian), Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas, page 98:
      The absence of fusulinids in the Manzanita despite the presence of biotics of similar size suggests that there was not indiscriminate transport of biotics from the shelf.
    • 1987, Dorothy Kim Pak, The Late Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Fram Basin, Central Arctic Ocean, page 89:
      In addition to foraminifera, fragments and whole specimens of several different biotics are present within the sand sized fraction of the Fram cores.
    • 1989, John Graham Vedder, Terry R. Bruns, Geology and Offshore Resources of Pacific Island Arcs, Solomon Islands and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea Regions, page 194:
      These isotropic fields have been modified to include isotopic compositional data for biotics and cements for limestones and carbonate sediments from the Pacific and Caribbean from Saller (1986), Gonzalez and Lohmann (1985), and []



Borrowed from French biotique.



biotic m or n (feminine singular biotică, masculine plural biotici, feminine and neuter plural biotice)

  1. biotic


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