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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The impulse meshes well with sociobiology and evolutionary selection. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019 E.O. Wilson will never get a prize for ants or sociobiology. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Bob Dylan Won. But in Science, the Times They Aren’t A-Changin’.," 31 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of sociobiology

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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 sociobiological (audio) \ adjective
sociobiologically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sociobiologically (audio) \ adverb

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