biocoenoses

biocenosis

[bahy-oh-si-noh-sis]
noun, plural biocenoses [bahy-oh-si-noh-seez] . Ecology.
a self-sufficient community of naturally occurring organisms occupying and interacting within a specific biotope.
Also, biocoenosis.


Origin:
translation of German Biocönose (1877), equivalent to bio- bio- + -cönose < Greek koínōsis mingling, sharing (koinō-, verbid stem of koinoûn to make common, share (verbal derivative of koinós common; see ceno-2) + -sis -sis)

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biocenosis   (bī'ō-sĭ-nō'sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural biocenoses (bī'ō-sĭ-nō'sēz)
A group of interacting organisms that live in a particular habitat and form a self-regulating ecological community.
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