[ek-oh-sis-tuh m, ee-koh-] /ˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təm, ˈi koʊ-/
a system, or a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment.
any system or network of interconnecting and interacting parts, as in a business: The success of Apple’s ecosystem depends on hardware/software integration.
Manufacturers, retailers, and customers are all part of the automotive industry’s ecosystem.
(ecology) a system involving the interactions between a community of living organisms in a particular area and its nonliving environment
1935; see eco- + system. Perhaps coined by English ecologist Sir Arthur George Tansley (1871-1955).
ecosystem ec·o·sys·tem (ěk’ō-sĭs’təm, ē’kō-)
An ecological community together with its environment, functioning as a unit.
A community of organisms together with their physical environment, viewed as a system of interacting and interdependent relationships and including such processes as the flow of energy through trophic levels and the cycling of chemical elements and compounds through living and nonliving components of the system.
ecosystem [(ee-koh-sis-tuhm, ek-oh-sis-tuhm)]
A collection of living things and the environment in which they live. For example, a prairie ecosystem includes coyotes, the rabbits on which they feed, and the grasses that feed the rabbits.
Note: Chemical substances move through ecosystems on the Earth in cycles (see carbon cycle).
Note: The source of energy for almost every ecosystem on Earth is the sun.
- Ecosystem services
plural noun 1. the important benefits for human beings that arise from healthily functioning ecosystems, notably production of oxygen, soil genesis, and water detoxification
[ek-uh-tahzh, ee-kuh‐] /ˈɛk əˌtɑʒ, ˈi kə‐/ noun 1. aimed at polluters or destroyers of the natural environment.
/ˌiːkəʊˈtɛərɪən/ noun 1. a person who eats only food that has been produced in an environmentally friendly manner adjective 2. of or relating to an ecotarian: an ecotarian meal
ecotaxis ec·o·tax·is (ěk’ō-tāk’sĭs) n. The migration of lymphocytes from the thymus and bone marrow into tissues possessing an appropriate microenvironment.