or bi·o·coe·no·sis

[ bahy-oh-si-noh-sis ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ sɪˈnoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural bi·o·ce·no·ses [bahy-oh-si-noh-seez] /ˌbaɪ oʊ sɪˈnoʊ siz/. Ecology.

a self-sufficient community of naturally occurring organisms occupying and interacting within a specific biotope.

Origin of biocenosis

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

British Dictionary definitions for biocoenosis



/ (ˌbaɪəʊsɪˈnəʊsɪs) /


a diverse community inhabiting a single biotope

Derived Forms

biocoenotic or biocenotic, adjective
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Science definitions for biocoenosis


[ bī′ō-sĭ-nōsĭs ]

Plural biocenoses (bī′ō-sĭ-nōsēz)

A group of interacting organisms that live in a particular habitat and form a self-regulating ecological community.

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