Definition of ecology
1 : a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2 : the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
3 : human ecology
ecologicallyplay \ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē, ˌe-kə-\ adverb
ecologistplay \i-ˈkä-lə-jist, e-\ noun
Recent Examples of ecology from the Web
Each of them studied ocean garbage in the past, but Geyer, whose field is industrial ecology, the study of material and energy, suggested the plastics study.
Citizen scientists can contribute to breakthroughs in almost any field, from ecology to astrophysics.
Elsewhere, France’s ecology minister Nicolas Hulot said that the country’s dominant generator EDF may have to close 17 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2025 to meet the target of cutting the share of nuclear in the fuel mix to below 50%.
Kevin McCabe, a Wauwatosa chiropractor who owns land in Barneveld, has a master's degree in wildlife ecology.
Keeping with the movie’s theme, the new biosphere emphasizes nature, ecology and conservation.
The Redford resident has a bachelor’s degree in biological science with an emphasis in wildlife ecology and spent much of her youth playing outdoors.
The hemlock tree's nemesis has ripple effects throughout the ecology.
Domanski-Miville gardens and farms with an eye for design as well as ecology and habitat.
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Origin and Etymology of ecology
German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1875See Words from the same year
ECOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of ecology for Students
1 : a branch of science concerned with the relationships between living things and their environment
2 : the pattern of relationships between living things and their environment
Medical Definition of ecology
1: a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2: the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
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