- the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
- the living organisms of a region: the biology of Pennsylvania.
- the biological phenomena characteristic of an organism or a group of organisms: She is studying the biology of worms, especially in regard to their reproductive behavior.
Origin of biology
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Examples from the Web for biology
Complementarity as conservative Catholics use the term, however, is more than biology.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
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“In the long term, I am more worried about biology,” he told The Telegraph.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
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People are starting to recognize that depression must relate to biology, because who would give up such an outwardly gifted life?We're Talking About Depression All Wrong
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Both are graduate students in biology at the University of Notre Dame.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 3, 2014
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For example, to build flexible career and promotional tracks which do not conflict with biology.Whither the Women’s Movement?
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They know everything about biology, but almost nothing about life.Alarms and Discursions
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Why this should be so is one of the most profound problems of biology.The Meaning of Evolution
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His progress, and the progress of thousands of other researchers in biology, must have been watched.Forever
What are the results in the individual which biology should aim to bring to every student?
There is no department of learning so well capable of doing this thing as biology.
- the study of living organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution, and interrelationships
- the structure, functioning, etc, of a particular organism or group of organisms
- the animal and plant life of a particular region
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Word Origin and History for biology
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- The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology.
- The life processes or characteristic phenomena of a group or category of living organisms.
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- The scientific study of life and of living organisms. Botany, zoology, and ecology are all branches of biology.
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The study of life and living systems.
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