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 Riley plans to go to Milwaukee Area Technical College in the fall, with ultimate plans to study zoology or marine biology. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2021 As with this country’s other major ethnic and racial labels, its true definition was born not of biology or geography but of a common experience relative to white identity. Héctor Tobar, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 George decided to pursue comedy and entertainment after studying biology in college. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2021 Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1938, Holt grew up in New Jersey before returning to her home state to study biology at Tufts University. Gracie Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 While graphene is likely to remain an important player in biosensing, the new design will need some more physics-meets-biology teamwork before it’s practical to use beyond the lab. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Wired, 12 July 2021 Here's a little primer on plant biology that may clear it up: Hemp and marijuana are closely related plants in the cannabis family. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2021 There is nothing else covering her up accept the rhinestoned bronchioles (thank you biology). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 12 July 2021 These basic building blocks — the components of DNA and their molecular interpreters — lie at biology’s core. Quanta Magazine, 12 July 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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23 Jul 2021

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“Biology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biology. Accessed 24 Jul. 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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