- the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
- the set of relationships existing between organisms and their environment: desert ecologies.
- the set of relationships existing between any complex system and its surroundings or environment: the ecology and politics of healthcare.
- Also called human ecology. the branch of sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions.
- advocacy for the protection of natural resources from pollution or its effects; environmentalism.
Origin of ecology
Examples from the Web for ecological
We would have considered an algae bloom to be a welcome sign of ecological renewal.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
It was a new, ecological eye that saw new kinds of harms and legislated to cure them.
Climate change is ecological but also economic, social, and political.
And garbage from this massive infrastructure project was also poured into the Mzymta River, causing an ecological hazard.Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
“The discourse of conservation has changed, [yet] nobody in Israel does social, cultural and ecological [surveys],” he said.Palestinians and Jews Unite to Save the Pre-1948 Town of Lifta
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
November 21, 2013
Some distributional and ecological records of Kansas reptiles.
An ecological survey of reptiles in parts of northwestern Texas.
His method was essentially that which is now styled "Ecological."
We can find no place in the Ecological Balance for this species.The Asses of Balaam
Gordon Randall Garrett
Not that any of us were interested at first in it as an ecological marvel, of course.Problem on Balak
Roger D. Aycock
- of or relating to ecology
- (of a practice, policy, product, etc) tending to benefit or cause minimal damage to the environment
- the study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment
- the set of relationships of a particular organism with its environment
- the study of the relationships between human groups and their physical environment
Word Origin and History for ecological
1873, "branch of science dealing with the relationship of living things to their environments, coined by German zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) as Okologie, from Greek oikos "house, dwelling place, habitation" (see villa) + -logia "study of" (see -logy). In use with reference to anti-pollution activities from 1960s.
- The branch of science that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their environments.
- The relationship between organisms and their environments.
- The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward their prevention or reversal through conservation.
- The scientific study of the relationships between living things and their environments. Also called bionomics
- A system of such relationships within a particular environment.
The study of living things, their environment, and the relation between the two.