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Biology Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    biology n
  1. the science that studies living organisms [syn: biological science}]
  2. characteristic life processes and phenomena of living organisms; "the biology of viruses"
  3. all the plant and animal life of a particular region [syn: biota]
Biology Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Biology \Bi*ol"o*gy\, n. [Gr. ? 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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Biology'


Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy.

Subdisciplines of biology are recognized on the basis of the scale at which organisms are studied and the methods used to study them: biochemistry examines the rudimentary chemistry of life; molecular biology studies the complex interactions of systems of biological molecules; cellular biology examines the basic building block of all life, the cell; physiology examines the physical and chemical functions of the tissues, organs, and organ systems of an organism; and ecology examines how various organisms interact and associate with their environment.

The term biology in its modern sense appears to have been introduced independently by Karl Friedrich Burdach (1800), Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus (Biologie oder Philosophie der lebenden Natur, 1802), and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (Hydrogéologie, 1802). It is a classical compound inspired by the Greek word βίος, bios, "life" and the suffix -λογία, -logia, "study of."

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* Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. - Dbjanski


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