Zoology is defined as the scientific study of animals.
A course that teaches about the biology of animals is an example of zoology.
See zoology in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ModL zoologia: see zoo- & -logy
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noun pl. zo·ol·o·gies
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a division of zoology that studies mites and ticks. —acarologist, n.
the branch of zoology that studies amphibians. —amphibiological, adj.
a branch of zoology that studies spiders and other arachnids. Also called arachnidology, araneology. —arachnologist, n.
the branch of zoology that studies crustaceans. —carcinologist, n.
the study of whales. —cetologist, n.
the state or condition of being united by growth. —coadunate, adj.
the branch of zoology that studies scales, mealy bugs, and other members of the family Coccidea.
the branch of zoology that studies the shells of mollusks. Also called malacology. —conchologist, n. —conchological, adj.
the branch of zoology that studies crustaceans.
the branch of zoology that studies the dog, especially its natural history.
the branch of zoology that studies echinoderms.
the study of insects. —entomologist, n. —entomologie, entomological, adj.
development of an organism or form of animal life in which body segmentation is complete before hatching. —epimorphic, adj.
the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the summer. Cf. hibernation.
reproduction by budding. See also botany.
the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the winter. Cf. estivation.
the state or quality of being invertebrate or without a backbone, as certain organisms, animals, etc; hence, spinelessness; exhibiting a lack of strength of character. —invertebrate, adj.
the branch of entomology that studies butterflies. —lepidopterologist, lepidopterist, n.
conchology. —malacologist, n.
the branch of zoology that studies mammals. —mammalogist, n.
a change or succession of changes in form during the life cycle of an animal, allowing it to adapt to different environmental conditions, as a caterpillar into a butterfly.
the branch of zoology that studies birds. —ornithologist, n.
the branch of zoology that studies the mammals of past geologic ages.
selective breeding to develop strains with particular characteristics. —stirpicultural, adj.
a system of naming things, as plants or animals. —taxonomist, n. —taxonomie, adj.
pl. animals whose young are bom live, as mammals. —viviparity, n. —viviparous, adj.
1. the study of the geographical distribution of animals.
2. the study of the causes, effects, and other relations involved in such distributions. —zoogeographer, n.
the laws of animal life or the animal kingdom. —zoonomist, n. —zoonomic, adj.
the study or science of the diseases of animals; animal pathology. Also zoopathy.
the physiology of animals, as distinct from that of humans.
the branch of zoology concerned with the zoophytes. —zoophytological, adj.
zoological classification; the scientific classification of animals.
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