Amsco Vocab Chp. 4 - Section 12. BIO: "life"

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abiogenesis

spontaneous generation (development of life from lifeless matter)

amphibious

1. able to live both on land and in water - 2. attacking with coordinated land, sea, and air forces

antibiotic

germ-killing substance produced by or derived from a microorganism

autobiography

story of a person's life written by that person

biochemistry

chemistry dealing with chemical compounds and processes in living plants and animals

biocidal

destructive to life or living things

biodegradable

capable of being readilty decomposed into harmless substances by microorganisms

biogenesis

development of life from preexisting life

biography

story of a person's life written by another person

biology

science dealing with the study of living organisms

biometry/biometrics

statistical analysis of biological data (two words separated by a /)

biopsy

diagnostic examination of a piece of tissue from the living body

biota

plants (flora) and animals (fauna) living in a region

microbe

microscopic life form; microorganism; germ

symbiosis

living together in mutually helpful association of two dissimilar organisms

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