biocenosis

or bi·o·coe·no·sis

[ bahy-oh-si-noh-sis ]

noun,plural bi·o·ce·no·ses [bahy-oh-si-noh-seez]. /ˌbaɪ oʊ sɪˈnoʊ siz/. Ecology.
  1. a self-sufficient community of naturally occurring organisms occupying and interacting within a specific biotope.

Origin of biocenosis

1
Translation of German Biocönose (1877), equivalent to bio-bio- + -cönose<Greek koínōsis mingling, sharing (koinō-, verbid stem of koinoûn to make common, share (verbal derivative of koinós common; see ceno-2) + -sis-sis)

Words Nearby biocenosis

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Scientific definitions for biocenosis

biocenosis

[ bī′ō-sĭ-nōsĭs ]


Plural biocenoses (bī′ō-sĭ-nōsēz)
  1. A group of interacting organisms that live in a particular habitat and form a self-regulating ecological community.

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