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 Kooyman said—an area that serves as a sort of biotic bomb shelter where species can survive geologic upheaval. Maddie Stone, The Atlantic, "A Forgotten Forest of Ancient Trees Was Devastated by Bushfires," 25 Feb. 2020 But in the pre-biotic Earth, there were no enzymes. Quanta Magazine, "Chemists Seek Possible Precursor to RNA," 5 Feb. 2014 The brain is a biotic organ, embedded in a continuum of natural causes and connections that together contribute to our biological minds. Joe Peterburger, National Geographic, "Why the Brain-Body Connection Is More Important Than We Think," 17 Mar. 2018 Forest fires are capable of destroying homes of animals and could kill more biotic life. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, August 8, 2017," 8 Aug. 2017 Now the closest look yet at events 252 million years ago is linking those eruptions even more closely not only to the biotic cataclysm in the sea but also to the mass extinction on land. Sciencenow, WIRED, "Volcanoes Blamed for Greatest Land and Sea Extinctions," 18 Nov. 2011

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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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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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