Gaia hypothesis

[ gey-uhhahy-poth-uh-sis, hi-poth‐ ]

  1. a theory advancing the notion that life on earth is perpetuated by the interaction of organisms with their inorganic environment, a process maintained by the earth’s self-regulation of its own material conditions and requirements.

Origin of Gaia hypothesis

Coined in 1975 by British environmentalist and futurist James E. Lovelock (1919–2022); see origin at Gaia (def. 2)
  • Also called Gai·a prin·ci·ple [gey-uh-prin-suh-puhl] /ˈgeɪ ə ˌprɪn sə pəl/ .

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British Dictionary definitions for Gaia hypothesis

Gaia hypothesis

Gaia theory

/ (ˈɡaɪə) /

  1. the theory that the earth and everything on it constitutes a single self-regulating living entity

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