biology

[bahy-ol-uh-jee]

noun

the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
the living organisms of a region: the biology of Pennsylvania.
the biological phenomena characteristic of an organism or a group of organisms: She is studying the biology of worms, especially in regard to their reproductive behavior.

Origin of biology

From the German word Biologie, dating back to 1805–15. See bio-, -logy
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British Dictionary definitions for biologies

biology

noun

the study of living organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution, and interrelationships
the structure, functioning, etc, of a particular organism or group of organisms
the animal and plant life of a particular region
Derived Formsbiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for biologies

biology

n.

1819, from Greek bios "life" (see bio-) + -logy. Suggested 1802 by German naturalist Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus (1776-1837), and introduced as a scientific term that year in French by Lamarck.

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biologies in Medicine

biology

[bī-ŏlə-jē]

n.

The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology.
The life processes or characteristic phenomena of a group or category of living organisms.
Related formsbi•olo•gist n.
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biologies in Science

biology

[bī-ŏlə-jē]

The scientific study of life and of living organisms. Botany, zoology, and ecology are all branches of biology.
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biologies in Culture

biology

The study of life and living systems.

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