ecology

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

ecol·o·gy

noun \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

ecol·o·gy

noun \-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

ecology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of the relationships between organisms and their environment. Physiological ecology focuses on the relationships between individual organisms and the physical and chemical features of their environment. Behavioral ecologists study the behaviours of individual organisms as they react to their environment. Population ecology is the study of processes that affect the distribution and abundance of animal and plant populations. Community ecology studies how communities of plant and animal populations function and are organized; it frequently concentrates on particular subsets of organisms such as plant communities or insect communities. Ecosystem ecology examines large-scale ecological issues, ones that often are framed in terms of measures such as biomass, energy flow, and nutrient cycling. Applied ecology applies ecological principles to the management of populations of crops and animals. Theoretical ecologists provide simulations of particular practical problems and develop models of general ecological relevance. See also systems ecology.

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