Definition of bionomics in US English:


plural noun

  • treated as singular The study of the mode of life of organisms in their natural habitat and their adaptations to their surroundings; ecology.

    • ‘She expressed her perspective on various technolibertarian camps and fascinations including bionomics, cypherpunks, Wired Magazine, and the lack of charitable contributions by the nouveau riche of the cyberculture.’
    • ‘Bionomicswas conceived as an answer to the prevalence and high costs of work related sprain/strain type injuries.’
    • ‘Later he uses the term ‘bionomics’ to capture the idea of the wear and tear and friction within a military system.’
    • ‘Mosquito abundance and bionomics were studied intensively during summer and spring at two residential communities of contrasting economic status.’
    • ‘Where the free market philosophy of bionomics fails to value the unprofitable aspects of art and culture, she finds nerds resentful of artists and irrational behaviors they cannot understand.’


Late 19th century: from bio- ‘life’, on the pattern of economics.