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Combining form of Greek bios life, course or way of living (opposed to zoe animal life, organic life)
in scientific words usually with the sense 'of living organisms', 'biological'.
The number of bio- words listed in the OED is extensive, some of which are universally familiar (biology) and some of which are mind-meltingly dull (bioflavonoid, which is ... urgh ... no it's really, really dull). If I covered all of the good ones, we'd be stuck on bio- for several weeks, so while I am going to do a few in detail over the next few days, here are some other interesting bio- words that you may or may not want to look into further (all links go to the relevant Wikipedia article):
The view or belief that all life is important
a) The destruction of life
b) a poisonous substance, esp. a pesticide
Biology in relation to climate
An association of organisms forming a closely integrated community; the relationship existing between these organisms.
The study of the relationship between living organisms and weather.
The practice of exploiting naturally-occurring biochemical or genetic material for commercial profit,
esp. by obtaining patents that restrict its future use, while failing to pay fair compensation to the country or community from which it originates.
The action or process of searching for plant and animal species that may yield commercially valuable biochemicals or genetic material.
The use of infectious agents or other harmful biological or biochemical substances as weapons of terrorism.
If you have any comments regarding any of the above topics, do please feel free to share them in the box below. Of course, if there are any bio- words that don't exist but you feel they should, do tell us those too - everyone loves a good neologism!