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[aw-tuh-kol-uh-je] /ˌɔ təˈkɒl ə dʒɛ/
a branch of ecology dealing with the individual organism or species in relation to its environment.
Compare synecology.
1905-10; aut- + ecology
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[awt-ek-uh-loj-ik, -ee-kuh-] /ˌɔt ɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, -i kə-/ (Show IPA),
autecological, adjective
autecologically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for autecology
  • Cattail autecology: a basis for management and control.
  • Relatively little is known about the autecology of this species within the range of the northern spotted owl.
British Dictionary definitions for autecology


the ecological study of an individual organism or species Compare synecology
Derived Forms
autecological, adjective
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autecology in Science
The branch of ecology that deals with the biological relationship between an individual organism or an individual species and its environment. Compare synecology.
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Encyclopedia Article for autecology

the study of the interactions of an individual organism or a single species with the living and nonliving factors of its environment. Autecology is primarily experimental and deals with easily measured variables such as light, humidity, and available nutrients in an effort to understand the needs, life history, and behaviour of the organism or species. Compare synecology.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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