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biology

 [bi-ol´o-je]
scientific study of living organisms. adj., adj biolog´ic, biolog´ical.
molecular biology study of molecular structures and events underlying biological processes, including relation between genes and the functional characteristics they determine.
radiation biology scientific study of the effects of ionizing radiation on living organisms.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bi·ol·o·gy

(bī-ol'ō-jē),
The science concerned with the phenomena of life and living organisms.
[bio- + G. logos, study]
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biology

(bī-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
1. The science of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, and distribution. It includes botany and zoology and all their subdivisions.
2. The life processes or characteristic phenomena of a group or category of living organisms: the biology of fungi.
3. The plant and animal life of a specific area or region.

bi·ol′o·gist n.
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biology

The formal study of living organisms.
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biology

The formal study of living organisms. See Aerobiology, Building biology, Cell biology, Conservation biology, Cryobiology, Developmental biology, Molecular biology, Population biology, Psychobiology, Sociobiology, Structural biology, Topobiology.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bi·ol·o·gy

(bī-ol'ŏ-jē)
The science concerned with the phenomena of life and living organisms.
[bio- + G. logos, study]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

biology

The science of living organisms and life processes.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

biology

the study of living organisms.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

bi·ol·o·gy

(bī-ol'ŏ-jē)
Science concerned with phenomena of life and living organisms.
[bio- + G. logos, study]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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The significance of this biological pathway was highlighted in October when the two researchers credited with discovering this powerful biological phenomenon were jointly awarded "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2006".
Consciousness, he argues, is a biological phenomenon; it is a process of the brain, much as digestion is a process of the stomach.
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Another is to treat morality as a fundamentally biological phenomenon, the key features of which are explicable in terms of exactly the same Darwinian forces that account for the evolution of typically human organic and behavioral characteristics.
I have already claimed that optimism is a biological phenomenon; since religion is deeply intertwined with optimism, clearly I think religion is a biological phenomenon, rooted in human genes, which is why it keeps cropping up.
Madam: James Bernat's assumption that "death fundamentally is a biological phenomenon" and consequent attempt to reduce the matter of defining death to a clinical or biological decision ("A Defense of the Whole-Brain Concept of Death," HCR, March-April 1998) are fundamental mistakes in coming to terms with individuals who have lost all brain functions or have irreversibly lost the capacity for consciousness.
I was also disappointed to see the recent analyses of chaotic time series by Peter Turchin, Stephen Ellner, and colleagues curtly dismissed in Chapter 2 because "We are still convinced that 'chaotics' is a mathematical and not a biological phenomenon." These statistical probes represent the most exciting new research in population regulation, and they deserve a more sensitive and detailed treatment.
At the same time, she recognizes cholera as a biological phenomenon, as defined and analyzed by modern bacteriology and epidemiology, and wishes to accord it a status as an independent historical agency; she at least implies that French social history would have been recognizably different if the cholera vibrio had not arrived on French soil.
In effect, though she does not say so, Sontag suggests that the humane way to think about sickness is the way that most Western doctors already do: as a purely biological phenomenon, without intrinsic cultural significance, that implies nothing at all about the character of the person who is ill.
Crosby has become renowned over that period for his study of the European expansion as a biological phenomenon. In several books and many articles he has demonstrated the biological mechanisms underlying the successes and failures of the Europeans at dominating other lands and other peoples.

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