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1. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “upon,” “on,” “over,” “near,” “at,” “before,” “after” (epicedium; epidermis; epigene; epitome); on this model, used in the formation of new compound words (epicardium; epinephrine). prefix 1. on; upon; above; over: epidermis, epicentre 2. in addition to: epiphenomenon 3. after: epigenesis, epilogue 4. near; close […]
[ep-uh-ben-thos] /ˌɛp əˈbɛn θɒs/ noun, Biology. 1. the aggregate of organisms living on the sea bottom between low tide and 100 fathoms (180 meters).
/ˌɛpɪbaɪˈəʊsɪs/ noun 1. any relationship between two organisms in which one grows on the other but is not parasitic on it See also epiphyte, epizoite