bio·​ce·​no·​sis ˌbī-ō-sə-ˈnō-səs How to pronounce biocenosis (audio)
variants or biocoenosis
plural biocenoses
: an ecological community especially when forming a self-regulating unit

Word History


New Latin, from bi- entry 2 + Greek koinōsis sharing, from koinoun to make common, from koinos common

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biocenosis was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Biocenosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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