zoology


zo·ol·o·gy

noun \zō-ˈä-lə-jē, zə-ˈwä-\

: the branch of science that involves the study of animals and animal behavior

Full Definition of ZOOLOGY

1
:  a branch of biology concerned with the classification and the properties and vital phenomena of animals
2
a :  animal life (as of a region) :  fauna
b :  the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group
zo·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Origin of ZOOLOGY

New Latin zoologia, from zo- + -logia -logy
First Known Use: 1669

Other Zoology Terms

altruism, integument

zo·ol·o·gy

noun \zō-ˈäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural zo·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of ZOOLOGY

1
: a branch of biology that deals with the classification and the properties and vital phenomena of animals
2
: the properties and vital phenomena exhibited by an animal, animal type, or group

zoology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of biology concerned with members of the animal kingdom and with animal life in general. The science originated in the works of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Pliny. The contributions of individuals such as William Harvey (the circulation of blood), Carolus Linnaeus (system of nomenclature), Georges-Louis de Buffon (natural history), Georges Cuvier (comparative anatomy), and Claude Bernard (homeostasis) greatly advanced the field. The 1859 publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was a major turning point. Since that time, the study of genetics has become essential in zoological studies.

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