[ek-uh-tohn, ee-kuh-] /ˈɛk əˌtoʊn, ˈi kə-/
the transition zone between two different plant communities, as that between forest and prairie.
the zone between two major ecological communities
A transitional zone between two ecological communities, as between a forest and grassland or a river and its estuary. An ecotone has its own characteristics in addition to sharing certain characteristics of the two communities. See also edge effect.
[ek-oh-too r-iz-uh m, ee-koh‐] /ˌɛk oʊˈtʊər ɪz əm, ˈi koʊ‐/ noun 1. tourism to places having unspoiled natural resources, with minimal impact on the environment being a primary concern. /ˈiːkəʊˌtʊərɪzəm/ noun 1. tourism that is designed to contribute to the protection of the environment or at least minimize damage to it, often involving travel to […]
adjective harmful to the environment or a specific ecosystem Word Origin 1978 Usage Note also ecotoxicology , (n.)
noun See ecotoxic
- Ecotropic virus
ecotropic virus ec·o·trop·ic virus (ěk’ə-trŏp’ĭk, -trō’pĭk, ē’kə-) n. An oncornavirus that does not produce disease in its natural host, but does replicate in tissue culture cells derived from the host species.