ecosystem [ ek-oh-sis-t uh m, ee-koh-] noun . Ecology 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
First recorded in
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Experts generally consider known mortality to represent about half of actual grizzly bear deaths for the
Bats are crucial to the
ecosystem, performing extremely valuable jobs like pollination and insect control.
Over the next decade, the RETs wreaked havoc on the
ecosystem, eating ducklings, small water birds, and other amphibians.
A worse threat that would come into the sort of
ecosystem there…something like ISIS.
In the high-achieving Yale
ecosystem, some label it the “Rory Gilmore syndrome.”
Familiarity with the biological components of an
ecosystem is essential to meaningful radiobiological assessment.
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. British Dictionary definitions for ecosystem noun ecology a system involving the interactions between a community of living organisms in a particular area and its nonliving environment Word Origin for ecosystem
eco ( logy) + system
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Word Origin and History for ecosystem n.
eco- + system. Perhaps coined by English ecologist Sir Arthur George Tansley (1871-1955).
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Medicine definitions for ecosystem ecosystem [ē ′kō-sĭs′təm, ĕk ′ō-] n. An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
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Science definitions for ecosystem 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.
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Culture definitions for ecosystem ecosystem [( ee-koh-sis-tuhm, ek-oh-sis-tuhm)]
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.
Chemical substances move through ecosystems on the
in cycles (
see carbon cycle
The source of
for almost every ecosystem on Earth is the
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