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 biology (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 The difference in timing is due to the plants’ biology. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 29 May 2021 Scientists greater understanding of individual biology is driving a search for more personalized treatments that are driven by more and better data. Randy Bean, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The advanced biology class at the Utah County Academy of Sciences faced a grim assignment. Chris Berdik, USA TODAY, 23 May 2021 Gerald had a double-major in equine science and biology, with an eye towards veterinary school. al, 22 May 2021 In 2008, David Raizen and his colleagues even reported sleep in Caenorhabditis elegans, the roundworm widely used as a model organism in biology laboratories. Quanta Magazine, 18 May 2021 There is no budget for undergrad research, says Jonathan Stiven Espitia Romero, a biology student at UNAL. María Paula Rubiano A., Science | AAAS, 21 May 2021 Hospitals and doctors would be required to do dangerous things such as falsely list females as males in medical charts and codes, adhering to the patient’s gender identity rather than biology. Matt Bowman, National Review, 21 May 2021 Later in the 1600s, microscopes were being used to study biology; and as the centuries progressed, the world started to see its first modern microscopes. Jennifer Kite-powell, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biology. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for biology

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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