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ecology

ecology

noun ecol·o·gy \i-ˈkä-lə-jē, e-\

: a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments

: the relationships between a group of living things and their environment

plural ecol·o·gies

Full Definition of ECOLOGY

1
:  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2
:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
4
:  environment, climate <the moral ecology>; also :  an often delicate or intricate system or complex <the ecology of language>
eco·log·i·cal \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌe-kə-\ also eco·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
eco·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ecol·o·gist \i-ˈkä-lə-jist, e-\ noun

Origin of ECOLOGY

German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1873

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

ecology

noun ecol·o·gy \-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ecol·o·gies

Medical Definition of ECOLOGY

1
:  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2
:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
eco·log·i·cal \ˌē-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌek-ə-\ also eco·log·ic \-ik\ adjective
eco·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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