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biology

[bahy-ol-uh-jee] /baɪˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
2.
the living organisms of a region:
the biology of Pennsylvania.
3.
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
1805-1815
From the German word Biologie, dating back to 1805-15. See bio-, -logy
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  • They know everything about biology, but almost nothing about life.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • Why this should be so is one of the most profound problems of biology.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • His progress, and the progress of thousands of other researchers in biology, must have been watched.

    Forever Robert Sheckley
  • What are the general adaptive contributions of biology to human nature?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • What are the results in the individual which biology should aim to bring to every student?

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for biology

biology

/baɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of living organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution, and interrelationships
2.
the structure, functioning, etc, of a particular organism or group of organisms
3.
the animal and plant life of a particular region
Derived Forms
biologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for biology
n.

1819, from Greek bios "life" (see bio-) + -logy. Suggested 1802 by German naturalist Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus (1776-1837), and introduced as a scientific term that year in French by Lamarck.

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biology in Medicine

biology bi·ol·o·gy (bī-ŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology.

  2. The life processes or characteristic phenomena of a group or category of living organisms.


bi·ol'o·gist n.
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biology in Science
biology
  (bī-ŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of life and of living organisms. Botany, zoology, and ecology are all branches of biology.
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biology in Culture

biology definition


The study of life and living systems.

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