Definition of synecology in English:

synecology

noun

  • [mass noun] The ecological study of whole plant or animal communities.

    Contrasted with autecology
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The second will carry on the problems of synecology on the community level and animal societies.’
    • ‘Early focus of this school was on autecology of herbaceous plants, especially the edaphic basis of population differentiation and on synecology of grasslands, especially the grazing effects.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

synecology

/ˌsɪnɪˈkɒlədʒi/