- a system, or a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment.
- any system or network of interconnecting and interacting parts, as in a business: The success of Apple’s ecosystem depends on hardware/software integration. Manufacturers, retailers, and customers are all part of the automotive industry’s ecosystem.
Origin of ecosystem
Examples from the Web for ecosystem
Experts generally consider known mortality to represent about half of actual grizzly bear deaths for the ecosystem.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Bats are crucial to the ecosystem, performing extremely valuable jobs like pollination and insect control.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
Over the next decade, the RETs wreaked havoc on the ecosystem, eating ducklings, small water birds, and other amphibians.How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis
August 5, 2014
A worse threat that would come into the sort of ecosystem there…something like ISIS.Israel Tells Hamas: You Can Keep Your Rockets
Eli Lake, Josh Rogin
July 31, 2014
In the high-achieving Yale ecosystem, some label it the “Rory Gilmore syndrome.”Are Female Long-Distance Runners More Prone To Suicidal Depression?
Emily de la Bruyere
February 3, 2014
Often little or no data are available to indicate the previous state of the ecosystem or the rate of degradation.
In these marginal areas, human activity may stress the ecosystem beyond its tolerance limit, resulting in degradation of the land.
Familiarity with the biological components of an ecosystem is essential to meaningful radiobiological assessment.Atoms, Nature, and Man
Neal O. Hines
- ecology a system involving the interactions between a community of living organisms in a particular area and its nonliving environment
Word Origin and History for ecosystem
- An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
- A community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships and including such processes as the flow of energy through trophic levels and the cycling of chemical elements and compounds through living and nonliving components of the system.
A collection of living things and the environment in which they live. For example, a prairie ecosystem includes coyotes, the rabbits on which they feed, and the grasses that feed the rabbits.