biology

[ bahy-ol-uh-jee ]
/ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi /

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.

Nearby words

  1. biological warfare,
  2. biologically,
  3. biologics,
  4. biologism,
  5. biologist,
  6. bioluminescence,
  7. bioluminescent,
  8. biolysis,
  9. biolytic,
  10. biomagnetism

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

/ (baɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

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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Medicine definitions for biologies

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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Science definitions for biologies

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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Culture definitions for biologies

biology

The study of life and living systems.

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