ecology

play
noun ecol·o·gy \i-ˈkä-lə-jē, e-\

Definition of ecology

plural

ecologies

  1. 1 :  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments

  2. 2 :  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

  3. 3 :  human ecology

  4. 4 :  environment, climate the moral ecology; also :  an often delicate or intricate system or complex the ecology of language

ecological

play play \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, ˌe-kə-\ or less commonly

ecologic

play \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-jik, ˌe-kə-\ adjective

ecologically

play \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, ˌe-kə-\ adverb

ecologist

play \i-ˈkä-lə-jist, e-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of ecology

German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy


First Known Use: 1875


ECOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

ecology

play
noun

Definition of ecology for English Language Learners

  • : a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments

  • : the relationships between a group of living things and their environment


ECOLOGY Defined for Kids

ecology

play
noun ecol·o·gy \i-ˈkä-lə-jē\

Definition of ecology for Students

  1. 1 :  a branch of science concerned with the relationships between living things and their environment

  2. 2 :  the pattern of relationships between living things and their environment


Medical Dictionary

ecology

play
noun ecol·o·gy \-jē\

Medical Definition of ecology

plural

ecologies

  1. 1:  a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments

  2. 2:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment

  3. 3:  human ecology

ecological

\ˌē-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl, ˌek-ə-\play play also

ecologic

\-ik\play adjective

ecologically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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