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synecology Syllabification: syn·e·col·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌsinēˈkäləjē/

Definition of synecology in English:


The ecological study of whole plant or animal communities. Contrasted with autecology.
Example sentences
  • Additional information on the autecology and synecology of Microstegium (and other species ranked herein) are in The Nature Conservancy's Element Stewardship Abstracts.
  • Nonetheless, we estimated ecological effects and impacts based on reviews of the literature and our knowledge of the autecology and synecology of these species.
  • Ecology actually includes synecology as well as two other of its branches- outecology, and democology.


Pronunciation: /sinˌekəˈläjikəl/ /-ˌēkə-/
Example sentences
  • These positions imply that these overlapping biomes shared a common synecological structure representing an identical position in all three faunal gradients.
  • This is enhanced by the fact that synecological information from contemporaneous shallow water environments does not exist.
  • Furthermore, we recognize biogeographic associations of endemic taxa as large-scale coevolutionary synecological units within epeiric seas that could disperse as congruent assemblages across oceanic barriers.
Example sentences
  • Synecologists, on the other hand, defined biological systems more in sociological terms.
  • Thus, a synecologist might study deserts, or caves or tropical forests.


Early 20th century: from syn- 'together' + ecology.

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