noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bio·​acous·​tics | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ə-ˈkü-stiks How to pronounce bioacoustics (audio) \

Definition of bioacoustics

: a branch of science concerned with the production of sound by and its effects on living organisms

Other Words from bioacoustics

bioacoustician \ ˌbī-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌa-​ˌkü-​ˈsti-​shən How to pronounce bioacoustics (audio) , -​ə-​ˌkü-​ \ noun

Examples of bioacoustics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Owing to advances in recording technologies and artificial intelligence, researchers in the burgeoning field of bioacoustics can now download thousands of hours of animal sounds and leave the work of sifting through them to a computer. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 In fact, indri rhythm can be the same as human rhythm, says Ravignani, who studies bioacoustics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Sara Harrison, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Gridley and her husband are whale and dolphin experts — Gridley focuses on bioacoustics, how those animals communicate — and are largely self-funding the seal work with the help of online donations. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Chiara De Gregorio, a bioacoustics researcher at the University of Turin who worked with Ravignani and others to analyze lemurs' songs, wasn’t surprised. Sara Harrison, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 The documentary—written and directed by Zeman and executive produced by actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier—is inspired by the findings of the late bioacoustics scientist William Watkins. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 From 1992 to 2004, Watkins, a bioacoustics expert, and his colleagues at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution tracked and recorded the 52-Hz calls. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 Cornell has been at the forefront of bioacoustics, a combination of biology and acoustics that studies how animals use sound in their surroundings. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 13 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bioacoustics

1955, in the meaning defined above

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bio·​acous·​tics | \ -ə-ˈküs-tiks How to pronounce bioacoustics (audio) \

Medical Definition of bioacoustics

: a branch of science that deals with the relation between living things and sound


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