Definition of Ecology

1. Noun. The environment as it relates to living organisms. "It changed the ecology of the island"

Generic synonyms: Environment
Derivative terms: Ecologic, Ecological, Ecologist

2. Noun. The branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment.

Definition of Ecology

1. Noun. The branch of biology dealing with the relationships of organisms with their environment and with each other. ¹

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Definition of Ecology

1. an environmental science [n -GIES] : ECOLOGIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Ecology

1. The scientific study of the relationship of organisms to each other and to their environment. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ecology

ecological niche
ecological protection
ecological pyramid
ecological restoration
ecological service
ecological services
ecological succession
ecological system
ecological terrorism
ecological warfare
ecologically friendly
ecology (current term)
ecology block

Literary usage of Ecology

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"SCIENCE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1917 CONTENTS Plant ecology and its Relation to Agriculture : DR. WARBEN G. WATERMAN Fish Names, Ancient and Modern, ..."

2. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"ecology is a science in its beginnings. Already it has a great body of ... Speaking broadly, ecology considers organisms in relation to their environment. ..."

3. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1901)
"It was recommended that the term "ecology" be used for that part of plant ... It is difficult to accurately define ecology, as it cannot be easily limited ..."

4. Principles of Animal Biology by Aaron Franklin Shull, George Roger Larue, Alexander Grant Ruthven (1920)
"CHAPTER XIII ecology ecology embraces the study of the relations of animals and plants to the conditions in which .they live. The discussion in this book ..."

5. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1919)
"ecology. Clements, FE, Tucson, Arizona. Associate in ecology. (For previous report see Year Book No. 16.) The experimental work of the year has been ..."

6. Glimpses of the Cosmos by Lester Frank Ward (1918)
"The Word "ecology" History—Written March 30, 1902. ... I took pains, however, to have "ecology" put in the Supplement to Webster; with a cross reference to ..."

7. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1920)
"ecology. Clements, FE, Tucson, Arizona. Associate in ecology. (For previous reports see Year Books Nos. 16 and 17.) The experimental work of the year has ..."

8. Forestry Quarterly by New York State College of Forestry (1916)
"In pursuing this method of study not only does forest ecology become broader in ... The science of forest ecology is rather difficult to treat historically ..."

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