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ecology

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noun ecol·o·gy \i-ˈkä-lə-jē, e-\

Simple Definition of ecology

  • : 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

Full Definition of ecology

plural ecol·o·gies

  1. 1 :  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments

  2. 2 :  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

  3. 3 :  human ecology

  4. 4 :  environment, climate <the moral ecology>; also :  an often delicate or intricate system or complex <the ecology of language>

eco·log·i·cal play \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌe-kə-\ also eco·log·ic play \-jik\ adjective
eco·log·i·cal·ly play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
ecol·o·gist play \i-ˈkä-lə-jist, e-\ noun

Origin of ecology

German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1873


Medical Dictionary

ecology

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noun ecol·o·gy \-jē\

Medical Definition of ecology

plural ecol·o·gies

  1. 1:  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments

  2. 2:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

  3. 3:  human ecology

  4. eco·log·i·cal \ˌē-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌek-ə-\play play also eco·log·ic \-ik\play adjective
    eco·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb





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