- Ecology is defined as the branch of science that studies how people or organisms relate to each other and their environment.
An example of ecology is studying the food chain in a wetlands area.
- the branch of biology that deals with the relations between living organisms and their environment
- the complex of relations between a specific organism and its environment
- Sociology the study of the relationship and adjustment of human groups to their geographical and social environments
Origin: German kologie ; from Classical Greek oikos (see eco-) plush -logia, -logy
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noun pl. e·col·o·gies
- a. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics.b. The relationship between organisms and their environment.
- The branch of sociology that is concerned with studying the relationships between human groups and their physical and social environments. Also called human ecology.
- The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward prevention or reversal through conservation. Also called human ecology.
Origin: German Ökologie : Greek oikos, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots + German -logie, study (from Greek -logiā, -logy).
- ecˌo·logˈi·cal , ecˌo·logˈic adjective
- ecˌo·logˈi·cal·ly adverb
- e·colˈo·gist noun
ecology - Cultural Definition
The study of living things, their environment, and the relation between the two.
ecology - Medical Definition
- The branch of science that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their environments.
- The relationship between organisms and their environments.
- The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward their prevention or reversal through conservation.
- ecological , eˌco·logˈic adjective
- ecologist noun
ecology - Science Definition
- The scientific study of the relationships between living things and their environments. Also called bionomics.
- A system of such relationships within a particular environment.
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