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ecosystem

 [e″ko-sis´tem]
the fundamental unit in ecology, comprising the living organisms and the nonliving elements interacting in a certain defined area.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

e·co·sys·tem

(ē'kō-sis-tem),
1. The fundamental unit in ecology, comprising the living organisms and the nonliving elements that interact in a defined region.
2. A biocenosis (biotic community) and its biotope.
Synonym(s): ecologic system
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ecosystem

(ē′kō-sĭs′təm, ĕk′ō-)
n.
An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
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e·co·sys·tem

(ē'kō-sis-tĕm)
1. The fundamental unit in ecology, comprising the living organisms and the nonliving elements that interact in a defined region.
2. A biocenosis (biotic community) and its biotope.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

ecosystem

an ecological system that includes all the organisms (the biotic component) and the non-living (or abiotic) component of their environment within which they occur naturally.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

e·co·sys·tem

(ē'kō-sis-tĕm)
Fundamental unit in ecology, comprising living and nonliving elements that interact in a defined region.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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