exobiology

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From exo- +‎ biology, coined by American molecular biologist Joshua Lederberg.[1]

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exobiology (uncountable)

  1. (biology, science fiction) The branch of biology dealing with lifeforms from a different planet.
    Synonyms: astrobiology, xenobiology

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  1. ^ “Launching a New Science: Exobiology and the Exploration of Space”, in U.S. National Library of Medicine[1], accessed 2019-04-13: “Lederberg's urgent warnings about interstellar contamination, and his call for the scientific study of life beyond earth's atmosphere—for which he coined the term exobiology—tapped into popular fascination with the dawning of the space age, and brought him international media attention.”