biology

noun
bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce biology (audio) \

Definition of biology

1 : a branch of knowledge that deals with living organisms and vital processes advances in the field of biology a biology textbook
2a : the plant and animal life of a region or environment the biology of the rain forest
b : the life processes especially of an organism or group the biology of cancer cells broadly : ecology

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Other Words from biology

biologist \ bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce biologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of biology in a Sentence

advances in the field of biology the biology of the rain forest the biology of tumor cells
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My biology teacher had three students who were killed. Marie Claire, "A Year of Grieving and Healing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," 14 Feb. 2019 For today’s study, the scientists collaborated with biology teachers at two different high schools in Seattle. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we might want the school day to start later," 12 Dec. 2018 Unlike nuclear weapons, the world has an opportunity to take action before synthetic biology becomes commonplace. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Wants to Create Synthetic Life Forms to Track Enemies," 4 Dec. 2018 Her work pulls from tools used in architecture, augmented reality, and synthetic biology—creating art that examines the social, cultural, and emotional effects of these emerging technologies. National Geographic, "This Artist Managed to Bottle the Scent of a Person," 10 May 2018 Learn all about their evolutionary history, biology and behavior, and relationship to human societies. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in the USA for summer 2018," 4 June 2018 The companies above use biology and chemistry—seeds, fertilizer and pesticides—to combat nature’s uncertainties. Alan Murray, Fortune, "China Surprise, EU Tariffs, Browder Arrest: CEO Daily for May 30, 2018," 30 May 2018 His education is in the fields of biology and botany. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 21 May 2018 That cancer cells migrate back to the original tumor after metastasizing to distant sites is still, 12 years after its discovery, one of the most unexpected and perplexing in cancer biology. Sharon Begley, STAT, "CRISPR makes cancer cells turncoats that attack their tumor, mouse study finds," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of biology

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for biology

German Biologie, from bi- + -logie -logy

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biology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of biology

: a science that deals with things that are alive (such as plants and animals)
: the plant and animal life of a particular place
: the processes that occur in a living thing

biology

noun
bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce biology (audio) \

Kids Definition of biology

: a science that deals with living things and their relationships, distribution, and behavior

biology

noun
bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce biology (audio) \
plural biologies

Medical Definition of biology

1 : a branch of science that deals with living organisms and vital processes
2a : the plant and animal life of a region or environment
b : the laws and phenomena relating to an organism or group
3 : a treatise on biology

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