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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of sounds produced by and affecting living organisms, especially those sounds involved in communication.


(Zoology) the study of animals' use of sound


(ˌbaɪ oʊ əˈku stɪks; esp. Brit. -əˈkaʊ-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
a science dealing with the sounds produced by or affecting living organisms.
bi`o•a•cous′ti•cal, adj.
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Subject coverage includes: linear and nonlinear acoustics; aeroacoustics, underwater sound and acoustical oceanography; ultrasonics and quantum acoustics; architectural and structural acoustics and vibration; speech, music and noise; psychology and physiology of hearing; engineering acoustics, sound transducers and measurements; bioacoustics, animal bioacoustics and bioresponse to vibration.