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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Recent Examples on the Web Whether someone is a superspreader or not will depend on some combination of the pathogen, the patient’s biology and their environment or behavior. Elizabeth Mcgraw, The Conversation, "A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases," 5 June 2020 Jazmyn Winzer, an undergraduate student of McGee’s studying biology and Africana Studies at University of Arizona, has found the current moment to be too little, too late. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "'Hey, we're here': Black conservationists claim their space in their field," 10 July 2020 Phosphorylation, then, is like a shortcut for rewiring biology. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "‘There’s a cocktail out there that can cure this’: Inside a UCSF-led quest to exploit the coronavirus' weak spots," 26 June 2020 Quantifying the risk is hard, but CNN contributor Erin Bromage, an associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, tried to show how the virus could spread. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "How risky is it to attend a Trump campaign rally during a pandemic?," 19 June 2020 Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, told lawmakers that when key decisions were being made in March, scientists underestimated how widely the virus had spread in Britain. BostonGlobe.com, "UK scientist: Week earlier lockdown could have halved deaths," 11 June 2020 Lauren Ancel Myer, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, said that would be a positive indicator. Jeremy Blackman, ExpressNews.com, "In easing COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Abbott touted low hospitalizations. His numbers were way off.," 5 June 2020 But it could also be used for basic biology, said Michael Bronstein, a geometric deep learning expert at Imperial College London who helped develop the system. Quanta Magazine, "A Digital Locksmith Has Decoded Biology’s Molecular Keys," 3 June 2020 Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington, conducted research on pandemic planning, crafting strategies to contain the spread of infectious diseases. NBC News, "Science, politics and trolls: How Carl Bergstrom became a voice of clarity on the coronavirus," 26 May 2020

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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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The first known use of biology was in 1799

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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biology. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for biology

biology

noun
How to pronounce biology (audio)

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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