[ aw-tuh-kol-uh-je ]
/ ˌɔ təˈkɒl ə dʒɛ /


a branch of ecology dealing with the individual organism or species in relation to its environment.
Compare synecology.

Origin of autecology

First recorded in 1905–10; aut- + ecology

Related forms

aut·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for autecology


/ (ˌɔːtɪˈkɒlədʒɪ) /


the ecological study of an individual organism or speciesCompare synecology

Derived Forms

autecological, adjective
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Science definitions for autecology


[ ô′tĭ-kŏlə-jē ]

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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