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Biology

Bi-ol′o-gy

,
Noun.
[Gr.
βίοσ
life +
-logy
: cf. F.
biologie
.]
The science of life; that branch of knowledge which treats of living matter as distinct from matter which is not living; the study of living tissue. It has to do with the origin, structure, development, function, and distribution of animals and plants.

Definition 2022


biology

biology

English

Noun

biology (countable and uncountable, plural biologies)

  1. The study of all life or living matter.
    • 2012 January 1, Robert M. Pringle, “How to Be Manipulative”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 31:
      As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds.
  2. The living organisms of a particular region.
    • 1893, “Prizes for original work with the microscope”, in Proceedings of the American Microscopical Society, volume 14, page 38:
      The object of these prizes is to stimulate and encourage original investigation by the aid of the microscope in the biology of North America, and, while the competition is open to all, it is especially commended to advanced students in biology in such of our universities and colleges as furnish opportunity for suitable work.
  3. The structure, function, and behavior of an organism or type of organism.
    the biology of the whale

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  • Category:Biology