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 (ē′kə-tōn′, ĕk′ə-)
A transitional zone between two communities containing species characteristic of each.

[eco- + Greek tonos, tension, tone; see tone.]
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(ˈiːkəˌtəʊn; ˈɛkə-)
(Environmental Science) the zone between two major ecological communities
[C20: from eco(logy) + -tone, from Greek tonos tension, tone]
ˈecoˌtonal adj
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(ˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə-)

the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
[1900–05; eco- + tone < Greek tónos tension]
ec`o•ton′al, adj.
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a transitional area or zone between two different forms of vegetation, as between forest and plain. — ecotonal, adj.
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To determine the physical structure of the land-water ecotone and the substrate types, the proportions of the elements making up these zones were measured at each section (total 100 %), a visual-based habitat approach was based on previous protocols (Gorman & Karr, 1978; Barbour, Gerritsen, Snyder, & Stribling, 1999).