bi·​ot·​ic | \ bī-ˈä-tik How to pronounce biotic (audio) \

Definition of biotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or caused by living organisms biotic diversity

Definition of -biotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a (specified) mode of life endobiotic

Examples of biotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, what happens when the greatest wrong is not perpetrated by individuals unschooled in the land ethic, but rather by the government of the United States, destroying the biotic community on a scale unimaginable by mere humans? Outside Online, 8 Nov. 2021 That pre-biotic material could be a recipe for life in the subsurface pools. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 Abiotic plant disorders are environmental, and causes include wind, water, temperature, and soil pH. In comparison, biotic factors would include insects, mites, fungi, or bacteria. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 17 Mar. 2022 But more importantly, the trail traverses a distinct series of biotic communities, from desert scrub to desert grassland to pine-oak woodland. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2020 But the competition, which Wilson said later turned to friendship, accelerated his ambition to discover the common biotic thread in complex societies. Patricia Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 But the competition, which Dr. Wilson said later turned to friendship, accelerated his ambition to discover the common biotic thread in complex societies. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 The multiple lines of evidence discovered in this study are essential to reconstructing the causes of post-impact biotic response and extinction patterns. David Bressan, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Things like eating a macro-biotic vegan diet or burning sage, keeping crystals, reading tarot cards or your horoscope. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 18 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of biotic


1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biotic


Greek biōtikos, from bioun

Adjective combining form

probably from New Latin -bioticus, from Greek biōtikos

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21 May 2022

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bi·​ot·​ic | \ bī-ˈät-ik How to pronounce biotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of biotic

: of or relating to life especially : caused or produced by living beings

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