The dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) does not include the term semiosis. The concept, however, is used in the academic and scientific field to refer to the processes and activities involving signs.
A sign is an element that, either by convention or nature, allows substitute or represent another. Semiosis, in this framework, takes place in the mind of the one who interprets the sign: it begins with the perception and is completed with the mental appearance of the object of the sign in question.
It can be said that semiosis involves produce signs. The term is also linked to the way these signs act for the generation of meaning.
Semiologists define semiosis in different ways and analyze it from different perspectives. At a general level, it can be said that semiosis deals with the process through which something works as a sign.
It is important to note that the sign is related to its object and, simultaneously, with the individual who interpret. Semiosis establishes that link between interpreting, the object and the represent.
Another way of studying semiosis is as the inalienable and continuous experience of living beings to the turn signals into meanings. This conversion is carried out according to the conventional norms that are agreed in the social context of the subject.
Thus, semiosis goes from sensory perception to the construction of sense, which makes a being become a social subject.