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autecology

[aw-tuh-kol-uh-je]
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noun
  1. a branch of ecology dealing with the individual organism or species in relation to its environment.
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Compare synecology.

Origin of autecology

First recorded in 1905–10; aut- + ecology
Related formsaut·ec·o·log·ic [awt-ek-uh-loj-ik, -ee-kuh-] /ˌɔt ɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, -i kə-/, aut·ec·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveaut·ec·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for autecology

autecology

noun
  1. the ecological study of an individual organism or speciesCompare synecology
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Derived Formsautecological, adjective
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autecology in Science

autecology

[ô′tĭ-kŏlə-jē]
  1. The branch of ecology that deals with the biological relationship between an individual organism or an individual species and its environment. Compare synecology.
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