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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The science of ecology.

[From French bionomique, pertaining to ecology, from bionomie, ecology : Greek bio-, bio- + Greek -nomiā, -nomy.]

bi′o·nom′ic, bi′o·nom′i·cal adj.
bi′o·nom′i·cal·ly adv.
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(Environmental Science) (functioning as singular) a less common name for ecology1, ecology2 Also (rare): bionomy
[C19: from bio- + nomics on pattern of economics]
ˌbioˈnomic adj
ˌbioˈnomically adv
bionomist n
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(ɪˈkɒl ə dʒi)

1. the branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment.
2. the set of relationships existing between organisms and their environment.
3. Also called human ecology. the branch of sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions.
4. the advocacy of protection of the air, water, and other natural resources from pollution or its effects; environmentalism.
[1870–75; earlier oecology < German Ökologie (1868) < Greek oîk(os) house + -o- -o- + German -logie -logy]
ec•o•log•i•cal (ˌɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, ˌi kə-) ec`o•log′ic, adj.
ec`o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.
e•col′o•gist, n.
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ecology, Also bionomy. — bionomist, n. — bionomic, bionomical, adj.
See also: Environment
ecology. — bionomist, n.bionomic, bionomical, adj.
See also: Biology
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bionomics - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environmentbionomics - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
palaeoecology, paleoecology - the branch of ecology that studies ancient ecology
biotic community, community - (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other
association - (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
food chain - (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
food pyramid - (ecology) a hierarchy of food chains with the principal predator at the top; each level preys on the level below
food cycle, food web - (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
ecesis, establishment - (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat
ecological succession, succession - (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established
ecological niche, niche - (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)
cosmopolitan, widely distributed - growing or occurring in many parts of the world; "a cosmopolitan herb"; "cosmopolitan in distribution"
endemic - native to or confined to a certain region; "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"
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Bionomics and its collaborators, including Associate Professor Ingrid Scheffer and Professor Samuel Berkovic, the leading clinicians for the 100 patient clinical study which validated the test, will provide support to Athena in the promotion of the test to neurologists.
Bionomics of the squirrel flea, Orchopeas howarde (Siphonaptera: Ceratophyllidae), in laboratory and field colonies of the southern flying squirrel, Glaucomys volans, using radiolabeling techniques.
Bionomics of fruit flies (Bactrocera spp.) on some fruits.
Bionomics of Anopheles culicifacies Giles in riverine tract rural areas of District Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (Shreveport, LA) and Bionomics Limited (Adelaide, Australia) announced that they have finalized an agreement for collaborative study of a Bionomics proprietary gene that shows promise for treating cancer.
His research interests focus on the impact of newly invasive mosquito species on arbovirus transmission in the eastern United States and the distribution and bionomics of mosquitoes in the Amazon Basin region of Peru.
The effect of temperature on the bionomics of various Coccinellids has been studied with their several aphid prey species as food (Frazer and McGregor, 1982; Evans and Dixon, 1986; Rhamhalinghan, 1987; Michaels and Flanders, 1992).
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Fruit flies of economic significance: Their identification and bionomics. CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.
Higher Temperature errands the development of eggs of hookworm and subsequently development of the third stage infective larvae as well as the bionomics of hookworm larvae.