zoo-, zoa-, zo-, -zoic, -zoid, -zoite, -zoal, -zonal, -zooid, -zoon, -zoa, -zoan

(Greek: animal, animals; living beings; life)

zoochrome (s) (noun), zoochromes (pl)
The pigment produced by a living animal or human: Judy read in her biology book about zoochromes, substances in the tissues of animals that occur naturally and produce a typical and characteristic color.
zoocoenosis (s) (noun), zoocoenoses (pl)
An animal community: Zoocoenosis refers to the interaction of organisms dwelling together in one area.

The term zoocoensis is seldomly used by English-speaking scientists who normally use the expression ecosystem instead for the community of fauna.

zoocole (verb), zoocoles; zoocoled; zoocoling
To thrive as a parasite by consuming blood from another animal: Fleas and ticks are known to draw or to zoocole blood from a host animal.
zooculture (s) (noun), zoocultures (pl)
The cultivation of animals for food or for biodiversity in the wild, zoological gardens, etc.; animal husbandry: Zooculture includes the genetics, breeding, nutrition, care, and housing of domesticated animals.
zoocytium (s) (noun), zoocytia (pl)
A gelatinous substance embedding masses of ciliated protozoa: Zoocytrium can be explained as being the outer covering or forked support of biological groups of divers social tiny pelagic organisms.
zoodermic (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Referring to a kind of surgery performed with the skin of an animal: Skin grafting can be zoodermic when living tissue is transplanted from one healthy part of the body to another part which has a disorder, as with a severe burn.
2. A reference to the skin of an animal: Lisa's cat, Thisbie, had a very bad and reoccurring zoodermic infection on its leg that had to be treated over a period of time.
zoodetritus (s)(noun), zoodetrita (pl)
Particles and fragments produced by the disintegration and the decomposition of animal organisms: During the severe storm, several animals were killed near Tom's house next to the forest and later he collected the remaining bodies of zoodetrita so he could bury them.
zoodomatium (s) (noun), zoodomatia (pl)
1. A plant structure acting as a shelter or home for animals: Some animals dwell in zoodomatia and use parts of tree branches, vegetation, etc. for their lodging, as with beavers. Birds, for example, build their nests in trees or bushes.
2. An animal community: Ants seem to live in zoodomatia, small natural cavities, and in a highly organized colony that may add up to millions of individuals.
zoodynamic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to the vital qualities of animals: In her biology seminar, Jane had to find out more information regarding the zoodynamic processes and aspects concerning various kinds of wild cats.
zoodynamics (s) (noun) (no pl)
The physiology of fauna: Zoodynamics is the study or science of the qualities and functions of living animals.
zooecium (s) (noun), zooecia (pl)
Any one of the cells that envelops the feeding individuals of a bryozoan colony; ectocyst: A zooecium can also be described as the stiffened body-wall which forms a cup-shaped capsule inclosing the tentacled "polypide" in the Polyzoa.

In colonial bryozoans, the body wall is a generally secreted gelatinous, chitinoid, or calcareous covering of individual zooids.

The skeleton of a zooid consists of calcareous layers of zooidal walls and connects zooidal structures.

In Phylactolaemata, the zooecium is comprised of any nonliving secreted parts of the body.

zooecological (adjective), more zooecological, most zooecological
Concerning the connections animals have with their environment: Zooecological aspects should really be part of planning a successful interaction between the area where people are to live and birds, for example, that already have nests in the trees and bushes around the future building site.
zooecology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of the relationships between animals and their environments; animal ecology: Zooecology is the branch of ecology concerned with the interdependence of animals to their surroundings and to other animals.
zooerythrine (s) (noun) (no pl)
A red pigment in bird feathers: When Janet noticed an American male cardinal in her backyard, she thought that the red plumage must be due to zooerythrine!
zooetic, zoetig (s) (adjective) (not comparable)
Of or relating to life: When Tom was a teenager, he lead his life in a zoetic way, being vital, energetic, and wanting to experience and try out many exciting things!

Related "animal" units: anima-; faun-; therio-.

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