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sociobiology

 [so″se-o-bi-ol´ah-je]
the branch of theoretical biology that proposes that animal (including human) behavior has a biological basis controlled by the genes. adj., adj sociobiolog´ical.
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sociobiology

(sō′sē-ō-bī-ŏl′ə-jē, -shē-)
n.
The study of the biological determinants of social behavior, based on the theory that such behavior is often genetically transmitted and subject to evolutionary processes.

so′ci·o·bi′o·log′i·cal (-bī′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
so′ci·o·bi·ol′o·gist n.
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sociobiology

the explanation of social behaviour in terms of evolutionary theory
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