[ ek-oh-sfeer, ee-koh- ]
/ ˈɛk oʊˌsfɪər, ˈi koʊ- /


Also called physiological atmosphere. the part of the atmosphere in which it is possible to breathe normally without aid: the portion of the troposphere from sea level to an altitude of about 13,000 feet (4000 meters).
Ecology. the planetary ecosystem, including all the earth's living organisms and their physical environment; biosphere.

Origin of ecosphere

First recorded in 1950–55; eco- + sphere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ecosphere


/ (ˈiːkəʊˌsfɪə, ˈɛkəʊ-) /


the planetary ecosystem, consisting of all living organisms and their environment
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Word Origin and History for ecosphere



1953, the region around a star where conditions allow life-bearing planets to exist; see eco- + sphere. Apparently coined by German-born U.S. physician and space medicine pioneer Hubertus Strughold (1898-1986).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for ecosphere


[ ēkō-sfîr′ ]

The regions of the Earth that are capable of supporting life, together with the ecosystems they contain; the biosphere.
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