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bi·ol·o·gy

biology

 
 
pronunciation:
baI a l ji
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part of speech: noun
definition: the science that studies the growth and life processes of living things.
The gift of a microscope helped expand her interest in biology.
 
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  cell, life, life cycle, science
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The word biology contains the following parts:
bio, bi, -be Greek root that means life, living, living things
-logy, -ology Greek noun-forming suffix that means study of, science of; written work; structure or principle
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The suffix -logy , -ology forms nouns from bases that are predominantly Greek roots. It is a terminal form of the root log, logo, -logue which in the vast majority cases signifies the study or science of the subject indicated by the base. In some words, however, -ology carries the meaning "written work" (trilogy) or "structure" (homology). See log, logo, -logue. Most nouns ending in -logy , -ology have an adjective form ending in "-ical." (dermatology, dermatological).
synonyms:
-ics