noun Date: 1935 the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit

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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.

  • ecosystem — 1935; see ECO (Cf. eco ) + SYSTEM (Cf. system). Perhaps coined by English ecologist Sir Arthur George Tansley (1871 1955) …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • ecosystem — [ek′ōsis΄təm, ē′kōsis΄təm] n. [ ECO + SYSTEM] a system made up of a community of animals, plants, and bacteria interrelated together with its physical and chemical environment …   English World dictionary

  • Ecosystem — An ecosystem is a natural unit consisting of all plants, animals and micro organisms(biotic factors) in an area functioning together with all of the non living physical (abiotic) factors of the environment.Christopherson, RW (1996) Geosystems: An …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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