biology

[bahy-ol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
2.
the living organisms of a region: the biology of Pennsylvania.
3.
the biological phenomena characteristic of an organism or a group of organisms: the biology of a worm.

Origin:
1805–15; < German Biologie. See bio-, -logy

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biology (baɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the study of living organisms, including their structure, functioning, evolution, distribution, and interrelationships
2.  the structure, functioning, etc, of a particular organism or group of organisms
3.  the animal and plant life of a particular region
 
bi'ologist
 
n

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biology
1819, from Ger., from Gk. bios "life" (see bio-) + logia "study of." Suggested 1802 by German naturalist G. Reinhold Treviranus and introduced as a scientific term that year in French by Lamarck.
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biology bi·ol·o·gy (bī-ŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology.

  2. The life processes or characteristic phenomena of a group or category of living organisms.


bi·ol'o·gist n.
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biology   (bī-ŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of life and of living organisms. Botany, zoology, and ecology are all branches of biology.
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biology definition


The study of life and living systems.

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