1. a combining form used in the names of sciences or bodies of knowledge: paleontology; theology.
  2. a termination of nouns referring to writing, discourses, collections, etc.: trilogy; martyrology.

Origin of -logy

Middle English -logie < Latin -logia < Greek. See -logue, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for -logy


n combining form
  1. indicating the science or study ofmusicology
  2. indicating writing, discourse, or body of writingstrilogy; phraseology; martyrology
Derived Forms-logical or -logic, adj combining form-logist, n combining form

Word Origin for -logy

from Latin -logia, from Greek, from logos word; see logos
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Word Origin and History for -logy

word-forming element meaning "a speaking, discourse, treatise, doctrine, theory, science," from Greek -logia (often via French -logie or Medieval Latin -logia), from root of legein "to speak;" thus, "the character or deportment of one who speaks or treats of (a certain subject);" see lecture (n.).

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-logy in Medicine


  1. Science; theory; study:dermatology.
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