semiosis

noun
se·mi·o·sis | \ ˌsē-mē-ˈō-səs , ˌse-mē- , ˌsē-ˌmī- \

Definition of semiosis 

: a process in which something functions as a sign to an organism

First Known Use of semiosis

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for semiosis

New Latin, from Greek sēmeiōsis observation of signs, from sēmeioun to observe signs, from sēmeion

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