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as·tro·bi·ol·o·gy

 (ăs′trō-bī-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The scientific study of the possible origin, distribution, evolution, and future of life in the universe, including that on Earth, using a combination of methods from biology, chemistry, and astronomy.

as′tro·bi′o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
as′tro·bi·ol′o·gist n.

astrobiology

(ˌæstrəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
n
1. (Biology) the branch of biology that investigates the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe
2. (Astronomy) the branch of biology that investigates the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe

as•tro•bi•ol•o•gy

(ˌæs troʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi)

n.
the science that studies the origin and evolution of life in the universe, the effects of extraterrestrial conditions on living organisms from Earth, the potential existence of life beyond the Earth's atmosphere, and the prospects for the future of life on Earth and beyond. Compare exobiology.
[1950–55]
as`tro•bi`o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
as`tro•bi•ol′o•gist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.astrobiology - the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial lifeastrobiology - the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
Translations
bioastronomie
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Besides any possible practical applications, the research into the field, which is sometimes called xenobiology, could shed light on why living things evolved to have four nucleotides and whether there could be true alien life with other arrangements.
REDSHIRTS tells of one Ensign Andrew Dahl, who has just been assigned to the flagship Intrepid in the year 2456, working in the ship's xenobiology lab with the chance to serve on "Away Missions" with starship officers.
New therapeutics may also arise from experimental Xenobiology.