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  1. the branch of ecology dealing with the relations between natural communities and their environments.
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Compare autecology.

Origin of synecology

First recorded in 1910–15; syn- + ecology
Related formssyn·ec·o·log·ic [sin-ek-uh-loj-ik] /ˌsɪn ɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, syn·ec·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesyn·ec·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for synecology


  1. the ecological study of communities of plants and animalsCompare autecology
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Derived Formssynecologic (sɪnˌɛkəˈlɒdʒɪk) or synecological, adjectivesynecologically, adverb
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synecology in Science


  1. The branch of ecology that deals with the ecological interrelationships among communities of organisms. Compare autecology.
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