- 1. The fundamental unit in ecology, comprising the living organisms and the nonliving elements that interact in a defined region. 2. A biocenosis (biotic community) and its biotope. SYN: ecological system.
* * *eco·sys·tem -.sis-təm n the complex of a community and its environment functioning as an ecological unit in nature
* * *eco·sys·tem (eґko-sis″təm) [eco- + system] the fundamental unit in ecology, comprising the living organisms and the nonliving elements interacting in a certain defined area. Called also ecological system.
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ecosystem — UK US /ˈiːkəʊˌsɪstəm/ noun [C] ► ENVIRONMENT all the living things in an area and the way they affect each other and the environment: »Three quarters of these cork oak forests could be lost within the decade, threatening jobs and ecosystems. ►… … Financial and business terms
ecosystem — ecosystem. См. экосистема. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) … Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.
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ecosystem — [n] environment ecological community, environs; concepts 515,673,696 … New thesaurus
ecosystem — ► NOUN ▪ a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment … English terms dictionary
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ecosystem — /ek oh sis teuhm, ee koh /, n. Ecol. a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. [1930 35; ECO + SYSTEM] * * * Complex of living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships in … Universalium
ecosystem — 01. Any changes made in our [ecosystem] affect all the plants and animals that live there. 02. Destroying one part of the [ecosystem] affects every other part of it. 03. As you wander down the beach, you encounter different tiny [ecosystems],… … Grammatical examples in English
ecosystem — noun Ecosystem is used before these nouns: ↑management, ↑restoration Ecosystem is used after these nouns: ↑ocean … Collocations dictionary
ecosystem — [[t]i͟ːkoʊsɪstəm, AM e̱kə [/t]] ecosystems N COUNT An ecosystem is all the plants and animals that live in a particular area together with the complex relationship that exists between them and their environment. [TECHNICAL] Madagascar s… … English dictionary