A classical compound (modern coinage), with components derived from Ancient Greek βίος (bíos, “bio-, life”) + -λογία (-logía, “-logy, branch of study, to speak”). The sibling cognates came into various European languages c. 1800 from a New Latin coinage biologia; the term *βιολογία (*biología) did not exist in Ancient Greek. Since the advent of the scientific era, reanalyzable as a compound using the combining forms bio- + -logy.
- (General American) IPA(key): /baɪˈɑlədʒi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /baɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
- Rhymes: -ɒlədʒi
- The study of all life or living matter.
- The living organisms of a particular region.
1893, “Prizes for original work with the microscope”, in Proceedings of the American Microscopical Society, volume 14, page 38:
- The object of these prizes is to stimulate and encourage original investigation by the aid of the microscope in the biology of North America, and, while the competition is open to all, it is especially commended to advanced students in biology in such of our universities and colleges as furnish opportunity for suitable work.
- The structure, function, and behavior of an organism or type of organism.
- the biology of the whale
- See also Thesaurus:biology