biosignature

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noun bio·sig·na·ture \ ¦bī-(ˌ)ō-¦sig-nə-ˌchu̇r+ \

Definition of biosignature

plural biosignatures
:something (such as a chemical compound, isotope, or cellular component) that indicates or suggests the presence of a biological process indicative of life
  • This will help astronomers learn to recognize “biosignatures”—clues that a planet's atmosphere has been influenced by life.
  • —Karen SchmidtNew Scientist2 July 2005
  • … the potential of the microbes to become fossils and serve as “biosignatures” for researchers seeking signs of early life in the remnants of ancient volcanism and hydrothermal activity on Earth—and, particularly, on Mars.
  • —David PerlmanSan Francisco Chronicle21 Apr. 2005

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Origin and Etymology of biosignature

2bi- + signature


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