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.

Nearby words

  1. biobibliography,
  2. biobutanol,
  3. biocatalyst,
  4. biocellate,
  5. biocenology,
  6. biocentric,
  7. biochemical,
  8. biochemical oxygen demand,
  9. biochemical pathways,
  10. biochemical profile

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 Formsbiocoenotic 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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