sociobiology

noun
so·​cio·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) , ˌsō-shē- \

Definition of sociobiology

: the comparative study of social organization and behavior in animals including humans especially with regard to its genetic basis and evolutionary history

Other Words from sociobiology

sociobiological \ ˌsō-​sē-​ō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) , ˌsō-​shē-​ \ adjective
sociobiologist \ ˌsō-​sē-​ō-​bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) , ˌsō-​shē-​ \ noun

Examples of sociobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson’s sociobiology theories transformed the field of biology and reignited the nature vs. nurture debate among scientists. NBC News, 27 Dec. 2021 Wilson applied his study of ants to other organisms, including people, to develop a science known as sociobiology. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 27 Dec. 2021 His openness may have worked to his disadvantage—Wilson, for example, dismissed Lewontin’s criticisms of sociobiology on the basis of his politics. Grace Huckins, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 The impulse meshes well with sociobiology and evolutionary selection. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 1 Dec. 2019 E.O. Wilson will never get a prize for ants or sociobiology. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of sociobiology

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociobiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sociobiology. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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sociobiology

noun
so·​cio·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsō-sē-ō-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌsō-shē- How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) \
plural sociobiologies

Medical Definition of sociobiology

: the comparative study of the biological basis of social organization and behavior in animals and humans especially with regard to their genetic basis and evolutionary history

Other Words from sociobiology

sociobiological \ -​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) \ adjective
sociobiologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sociobiology (audio) \ adverb

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sociobiology

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