I am looking for a word/adjective that can fit to describe the human and the animal in relation to each other. A word like 'zoology'does not quite work, because it means the study of animals independent of humans. 'Ecology' hardly works either; it does not convey exactly what stated.

What I need is an adjective whose meaning gives the effect of something like the 'human-animal'relationship, especially how each stands in relation to the other in nature.


Gulliver's Travels has redefined the human-animal relationship

Gulliver's Travels has redefined the position of the human in relation to the animal.

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    Interspecies relationship.
    – Joe Dark
    Nov 29, 2014 at 9:52
  • @JoeDark- That just sounds icky.
    – Oldbag
    Nov 29, 2014 at 14:16

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Anthrozoology (also known as human–non-human-animal studies, or HAS) is the study of interaction between humans and other animals.

A major focus of anthrozoologic research is the quantifying of the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of their interactions.


Anthro- is from comb. form of Greek anthropos "man, human being".
Zoo- from comb. form of Greek zoion "an animal".


The relationship between sentient and non-sentient animals.

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