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natural history

1. The study and description of organisms and natural objects, especially their origins, evolution, and interrelationships.
a. A collection of facts about the development of a natural process or entity: the natural history of tuberculosis.
b. A work or treatise containing such facts.

Natural History

Herbal medicine
A 37-volume collection of works on plants written by Pliny (the Elder) of the Greek empire, which served as a source of information for herbalists until the 17th century.

natural history (of disease)

The expected or predictable course of an untreated illness. The knowledge of the expected course of a disease is usually based on prior study of the effects of the illness on a large group of patients over time.
See: disease progression
See also: history


occurs in nature, without the intervention of humans.

natural experiments
occur by chance when all variables for a population are constant except one, which is different for one large part of the population compared with the other, e.g. when half of a flock comes from one climate and the other half is a local resident in another climate.
natural focus
the ecology that is best suited to a biological system, e.g. an individual insect-borne disease; the area in which the disease naturally flourishes best; an ecological niche.
natural history
history of a process or organism as it occurs in nature, e.g. course of a disease from infection to resolution.
natural killer (NK) cell
see natural killer cell.
natural selection
selection occurring in nature, without any human intervention, direct or indirect.
natural ventilation
ventilation without the use of artificially induced energy and the machines which it drives; the forces used are wind and the exchange of heat from within the barn and the external air, controlled by ventilation devices in the walls and the ceiling.
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Nonetheless, one hopes that the extensive source material compiled here might aid further analysis of the historical development of natural history collecting and exhibition in Singapore in the future.
Part II, "Reaping the Early Republic," explores the legacies of Sloane and Catesby in the works of colonial natural history writers during the revolutionary era when natural history became a genre through which to explore the possibilities of the new republic, both as a political formation and an expanding empire.
A large number of natural history specimens (plants, animals, rocks, minerals and fossils) have already been collected and curated.
In one of the most intriguing sections of Inventing the Indigenous, Cooper explores the connections between cameralist economic philosophy, natural history texts, and nascent patriotism, and explains that during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, interest in previously overlooked natural objects grew to such an extent in German territories that it resulted in a form of budding tourism, as authors of regional mineralogies sought to retrieve and publicize the locations of potentially useful geological resources.
These difficulties aside, however, this study is an excellent resource for those interested in natural history before 1650, as well as for those interested in early modern science more generally.
2 -- color) Poisonous spiders, kept in aquariums, capture the attention of Jesse Woods, 7, center, his father, Cathal Woods, left, and Stella Mulroney at the Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion.
By far the best study of the natural history of AOMT was published in 2003 by Ruohola et al in Finland.
He worked as columnist and illustrator for Natural History magazine, while he gradually moved toward fine arts and started to show his work in solo and group exhibitions.
The exhibition opens to visitors at the Natural History Museum on Saturday and runs until April 23
Each programme in the series will feature regional opt-outs, which will allow viewers to discover the natural history on their own doorsteps.
Developing such an understanding could be very helpful, just as an understanding of the natural history of diseases and negative health conditions ranging from cholera and cigarette smoking to heart disease and sedentary lifestyle has lead to many advances in the prevention and/or treatment/management of them.
The kangaroo, first described by Sir Joseph Banks in 22 June 1770 as "an animal as large as a greyhound of a mouse coulour and very swift," was only the first in a long line of creatures that would disrupt European natural history classification (H.

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