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EtymologyEdit

xeno- +‎ biology. Sometimes attributed to science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌzɛnəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒi/, /ˌziːnəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈziːnoʊbaɪˌɑːlədʒi/, /ˌzɛnoʊbaɪˈɑːlədʒi/
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NounEdit

xenobiology (uncountable)

  1. The speculative biology of extraterrestrial life forms.
    Synonyms: astrobiology, exobiology
  2. The biology of life forms with non-standard biochemistry or codes.

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  1. ^ Harold Wooster (21 July 1961), “Xenobiology”, in Science, volume 134, issue 3473, DOI:10.1126/science.134.3473.223, JSTOR 1708323, PMID 17818726, pages 223–225