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 History of this Word

"biotic" is from "bios" (life) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"-biont" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates it is an organism that lives under particular conditions. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-biont illustration Some symbionts supply the host with nutrients that the host cannot obtain from its food.
-biont illustration This halobiont is a beetle with a preference for temporarily dry salt marsh ponds or creeks.