|What is the meaning of "biology"? We were taught
that "bio" meant life, and "logy" meant "the study
of". Have you been taught this also? Thank you for
the courtesy of a reply.
|Question Date: 2013-07-02|
You are correct. Biologists might study any
living thing and also study things in the
environment that influence the biota (living
things). For example, a biologist who studied
herbivores (things that eat plants) might be very
interested in the non-living nutrients that end up
in plants, then animals. A biologist studying
microscopic bacteria in lakes would be very
interested in water quality. The science of
ecology includes all living things and their
interactions with each other and the environment.
Humans are animals, to biologists may study
humans, but when the focus is on humans, we often
use other words. For example, animal behavior is
a subject in biology, but if you’re only studying
how groups of humans behave, you might be a
sociologist and not consider yourself a biologist
Thanks for asking,
Yes! Biology is the study of life and also
living organisms. When you learn biology, you
learn the structures, functions, ecology,
development, and heredity of living things. Also,
"ology" always means the study of, so if you're
every confused as to what a term means, like
Mycology, you can deduce it to "the study of myco"
(myco means fungi).
Your teacher was right! The word "biology" does
mean "the study of life and living organisms."
Biology is a broad topic and includes the study of
many aspects of life, including cells and their
function, genetics, evolutionary biology,
developmental biology, physiology, and many more
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