Antedating of "Biology"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 26 22:22:07 UTC 2004

biology (OED 1819, in another sense 1813)

1799 Thomas Beddoes _Contributions to physical and medical knowledge,
principally from the West of England_ 4 (Eighteenth Century Collections
Online)  Physiology therefore -- or more strictly _biology_ -- by which I
mean _the doctrine of the living system in all its states_, appears to be
the foundation of ethics and pneumatology.

Fred Shapiro

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