noun Etymology: Late Latin population-, populatio, from Latin populus Date: 1612 1. a. the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region b. the total of individuals occupying an area or making up a whole c. the total of particles at a particular energy level — used especially of atoms in a laser 2. the act or process of populating 3. a. a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common b. (1) the organisms inhabiting a particular locality (2) a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins 4. a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement • populational adjective

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  • POPULATION — n. f. Ensemble des habitants d’un pays, d’un lieu. La population de ce pays s’est accrue beaucoup, a doublé depuis dix ans. La population de cette ville s’élève à trente mille âmes. Statistique de la population. Le mouvement annuel de la… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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  • Population dynamics — is the branch of life sciences that studies short term and long term changes in the size and age composition of populations, and the biological and environmental processes influencing those changes. Population dynamics deals with the way… …   Wikipedia

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