Meaning of metabiology in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛtəbʌɪˌɒlədʒi/


  • Originally: the study of philosophical questions which arise from or relate to biological discoveries and theories but lie beyond the scope of conventional biology. Now also: the study of second-order questions about the nature, methodology, etc., of biology.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in Granville Stanley Hall (1844–1924). From meta- + biology. Compare metabiological.