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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.

sociobiology

/so·cio·bi·ol·o·gy/ (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.sociobiolog´icsociobiolog´ical

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.

sociobiology

[sō′sē·ō′bī·ol′əjē]
Etymology: L, socius, companion; Gk, bios, life, logos, science
the systematic study of biology as a basis for human behavior. Proponents contend that disease, stress, and aggression are natural pressures for maintaining an optimal level of population.

sociobiology

the explanation of social behaviour in terms of evolutionary theory
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