ecotoxicology

noun
eco·​tox·​i·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌē-kō-ˌtäk-si-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce ecotoxicology (audio) , ˌe-kō- \

Definition of ecotoxicology

: a scientific discipline combining the methods of ecology and toxicology in studying the effects of toxic substances and especially pollutants on the environment

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Other Words from ecotoxicology

ecotoxicological \ ˌē-​kō-​ˌtäk-​si-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce ecotoxicological (audio) , ˌe-​kō-​ \ adjective
ecotoxicologist \ ˌē-​kō-​ˌtäk-​si-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ecotoxicologist (audio) , ˌe-​kō-​ \ noun

Examples of ecotoxicology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the latest study, a three-year, $1.1-million effort by a large team of researchers, microplastics from almost 400 samples were identified and analyzed with microscopes, tweezers and lasers in an ecotoxicology lab at the University of Toronto. Los Angeles Times, "The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires," 2 Oct. 2019 Plus, a one-time treatment won’t cut it, says Jing Zhai, the research director of ecotoxicology and specialty products at global testing laboratory Eurofins, who has extensive experience with bed bugs. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 Today, some researchers are studying how the animals accomplish their striking feats of regeneration, while others use them in ecotoxicology studies; cephalopods even guide research into the origins of consciousness. Danna Staaf, Science | AAAS, "How to put an octopus to sleep—and make cephalopod research more humane," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ecotoxicology

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Ecotoxicology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecotoxicology. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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ecotoxicology

noun
eco·​tox·​i·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌē-kō-ˌtäk-si-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ecotoxicology (audio) , ˌek-ō- How to pronounce ecotoxicology (audio) \
plural ecotoxicologies

Medical Definition of ecotoxicology

: a scientific discipline combining the methods of ecology and toxicology in studying the effects of toxic substances and especially pollutants on the environment

Other Words from ecotoxicology

ecotoxicological \ -​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce ecotoxicological (audio) \ adjective
ecotoxicologist \ -​ˈkäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce ecotoxicologist (audio) \ noun

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