[ ih-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ɪˈkɒl ə dʒi /
noun, plural e·col·o·gies for defs. 2, 3.
the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
the set of relationships existing between organisms and their environment: desert ecologies.
the set of relationships existing between any complex system and its surroundings or environment: the ecology and politics of healthcare.
Also called human ecology. the branch of sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions.
advocacy for the protection of natural resources from pollution or its effects; environmentalism.
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Also Archaic, oe·col·o·gy .
Origin of ecology
1870–75; earlier oecology
) “house, dwelling” + -o-
+ German -logie-logy
; term introduced by E. H. Haeckel
OTHER WORDS FROM ecology
ec·o·log·i·cal [ek-uh-loj-i-kuhl, ee-kuh-], /ˌɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-/, ec·o·log·ic, adjectiveec·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbe·col·o·gist, nounun·ec·o·log·i·cal, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ecologybiosphere, ecology , ecosystem, environment, habitat
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Example sentences from the Web for ecology
More than half of the top 100 journals in ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics mention or require the permanent archival of DNA sequences.
He’s written about wildlife, ecology, and conservation for a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Scientific American, The New York Times, Alta, and BioGraphic.
Simple as the proposition sounds, its consequences for genetics, evolution, ecology and even disciplines outside of biology have been sweeping.
While neutral theory has mostly come to be accepted in population genetics, it continues to incite controversy in other fields — notably ecology.
Fossil fuels powered a special century of growth before pushing governments, companies, and civil society to phase them out to protect our health, ecology, and climate.
Should we be aiming for something better than eternal economic growth (which is ecologically impossible anyway)?
Ecologically the great central valley of California forms a single unit.
These percentages are in close agreement with those found for the ecologically similar area bordering Lake Tulare.
Birds breeding in Kansas are taxonomically, ecologically, and distributionally diverse.
Activities of other rodents may have confined the brush mouse ecologically to cliffs.
The zone of fossoral adaptation for herbivorous rodents is ecologically narrow, and as a result competition is severe.
the study of the relationships between living organisms and their environment
the set of relationships of a particular organism with its environment
the study of the relationships between human groups and their physical environment
Also called (for senses 1, 2): bionomics
Derived forms of ecologyecologist, noun
Word Origin for ecology
C19: from German Ökologie, from Greek oikos house (hence, environment)
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The branch of science that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their environments.
The relationship between organisms and their environments.
The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward their prevention or reversal through conservation.
Other words from ecologye′co•log′i•cal (ē′kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl, ĕk′ə-) null adj.e•col′o•gist n.
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The scientific study of the relationships between living things and their environments. Also called bionomics
A system of such relationships within a particular environment.
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The study of living things, their environment, and the relation between the two.
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