synecology[sin′i käl′ə jē]
the ecological study of different natural communities or ecosystems
Origin of synecologyGerman synökologie ; from syn-, syn- + ökologie, ecology
The study of the ecological interrelationships among communities of organisms.
- syn′e·co·log′ic , syn′e·co·log′i·cal
- (ecology) One of two broad subdivisions of ecology (the other being autecology), meaning the study of groups of organisms associated as a unit (essentially a biological community).
- 1959:"In regard to subdivisions, ecology is commonly divided into autecology and synecology." — Odum
From syn- + ecology.