Definition of azoic in English:

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Pronunciation: /āˈzōik/ Pronunciation: /əˈzoik/


1Having no trace of life or organic remains.
Example sentences
  • The Manx naturalist Edward Forbes coined the word ‘azoic’ to describe this self-evidently lifeless zone.
  • This was the so-called ‘azoic’ (a = without, zoic = life) theory and the supposed lifeless region below 300 fathoms was the ‘azoic zone,’ an abyss where no life could exist.
  • Within this mud belt, which ranges up to 20 meters deep, there are areas in which the oxygen levels are zero - ‘azoic zones’ or ‘dead zones,’ Weeks explained.
1.1 (Azoic) Geology another term for Archean.


Mid 19th century: from Greek azōos 'without life' + -ic.

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Syllabification: a·zo·ic

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