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1Inanimate; inorganic.‘materials that come from nonliving sources’
- ‘Chemical toxins differ from biological weapons in that they are nonliving pathogens and require direct infection and contact with the victim.’
- ‘In nonhuman terms, others might include other living species and the major nonliving components of the Earth.’
- ‘Reason is what distinguishes us from plants, nonhuman animals, and nonliving things, and so our purpose must involve its fruitful cultivation.’
- ‘Life depends upon the nonliving world for habitat, as well as energy and materials.’
- ‘Direct and indirect effects of UV radiation on nonliving and living systems have been the object of a number of important research efforts.’
- ‘A variety of living and nonliving skin substitutes are already available.’
- ‘These explanations proceed by asserting that the most complex nonliving molecules will reproduce more efficiently than less complex nonliving molecules.’
- ‘Having discovered that the usual agents of fermentation, such as yeasts and bacteria, were alive, he denied the possibility of fermentation by nonliving substances.’
- ‘Reproduction - the process by which organisms make more organisms like themselves - is one of the things that sets living things apart from nonliving things.’
- ‘All the living and nonliving elements present in nature follow some pattern.’
- ‘The Primordial Essence that is our individual lives extends throughout the limitless universe and permeates all things, living and nonliving.’
- ‘Life on earth is a web of relationships in which plants, animals, bacteria, fungi, and even nonliving entities mutually support each other.’
- ‘Design and construction professionals call the nonliving components of any landscape the hardscape.’
- ‘Another theory was that fossils were nonliving imitations of living things, directly created by God.’
- ‘Molecular machines will bridge the gap between living matter and nonliving matter, making the border between life and death much fuzzier.’
- ‘The Gaia hypothesis was later refined to emphasize that the environment is regulated through feedback between living and nonliving systems.’
- ‘A few types of bacteria also manufacture food from nonliving substances and therefore serve as producers in some cave communities.’
- ‘Inorganic mulches are materials that come from nonliving sources.’
- ‘Sponges subsist on macroscopic detritus material, but also consume cellular material, bacteria, and nonliving particles so small they cannot be resolved with a light microscope.’
- ‘The experiments in this study showed that the directions of the change of the reflected light intensity caused by biological systems and heated nonliving objects are always opposite.’
2No longer alive.‘a kidney from a nonliving donor’
- ‘Only about 15 percent of kidney transplants are done with living donors, the other recipients must wait about five years before receiving a kidney from a nonliving donor.’
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