se·​mi·​o·​sis ˌsē-mē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce semiosis (audio)
ˌsē-ˌmī- How to pronounce semiosis (audio)
: a process in which something functions as a sign to an organism

Word History


borrowed from Greek sēmeíōsis "indication, notice, inference from a sign," from sēmeiō-, variant stem of sēmeióomai, sēmeioústhai "to interpret from signs, infer" (derivative of sēmeîon "marking, sign, signal") + -sis -sis — more at semantic

First Known Use

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiosis was circa 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Semiosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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