biology

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bi·ol·o·gy

noun \bī-ˈä-lə-jē\

: a science that deals with things that are alive (such as plants and animals)

: the plant and animal life of a particular place

: the processes that occur in a living thing

Full Definition of BIOLOGY

1
:  a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes
2
a :  the plant and animal life of a region or environment
b :  the life processes especially of an organism or group; broadly :  ecology
bi·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Examples of BIOLOGY

  1. advances in the field of biology
  2. the biology of the rain forest
  3. the biology of tumor cells

Origin of BIOLOGY

German Biologie, from bi- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1819

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

bi·ol·o·gy

noun \-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural bi·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of BIOLOGY

1
: a branch of science that deals with living organisms and vital processes
2
a : the plant and animal life of a region or environment b : the laws and phenomena relating to an organism or group
3
: a treatise on biology

biology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of living things and their vital processes. An extremely broad subject, biology is divided into branches. The current approach is based on the levels of biological organization involved (e.g., molecules, cells, individuals, populations) and on the specific topic under investigation (e.g., structure and function, growth and development). According to this scheme, biology's main subdivisions include morphology, physiology, taxonomy, embryology, genetics, and ecology, each of which can be further subdivided. Alternatively, biology can be divided into fields especially concerned with one type of living thing; for example, botany (plants), zoology (animals), ornithology (birds), entomology (insects), mycology (fungi), microbiology (microorganisms), and bacteriology (bacteria). See also biochemistry; molecular biology.

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