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conservation biology

noun

the branch of biology that deals with threats to biodiversity and with preserving the biologic and genetic diversity of animals and plants

Examples

Conservation biology was created to deal with the crisis of maintaining the genes, species, communities, and ecosystems that make up earth's biological diversity.

Usage Note

science; conservation biologist n

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conservation biology  
The scientific study of the conservation of biological diversity and the effects of humans on the environment.
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