Definitions for ecosystemˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təm, ˈi koʊ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ec•o•sys•temˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təm, ˈi koʊ-(n.)
a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with its environment.
Origin of ecosystem:
a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ecosystem(noun)ˈɛk oʊˌsɪs təm, ˈi koʊ-
the plants, animals, climate, etc. in an area and their relationships
habitats and ecosystems
A system formed by an ecological community and its environment that functions as a unit.
The interconnectedness of organisms (plants, animals, microbes) with each other and their environment.
A set of interconnected products and services.
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can come in any size but usually encompass specific, limited spaces. Energy, water, nitrogen and soil minerals are other essential abiotic components of an ecosystem. The energy that flows through ecosystems is obtained primarily from the sun. It generally enters the system through photosynthesis, a process that also captures carbon from the atmosphere. By feeding on plants and on one another, animals play an important role in the movement of matter and energy through the system. They also influence the quantity of plant and microbial biomass present. By breaking down dead organic matter, decomposers release carbon back to the atmosphere and facilitate nutrient cycling by converting nutrients stored in dead biomass back to a form that can be readily used by plants and other microbes.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A functional system which includes the organisms of a natural community together with their environment. (McGraw Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)
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