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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. the science dealing with the therapeutic effects of baths and bathing.
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Origin of balneology

1880–85; balne- (see balneal) + -o- + -logy
Related formsbal·ne·o·log·ic [bal-nee-uh-loj-ik] /ˌbæl ni əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, bal·ne·o·log·i·cal, adjectivebal·ne·ol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of balneology

  • Balneology, bal-ne-ol′o-ji, n. the scientific study of bathing and of mineral springs.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


British Dictionary definitions for balneology


  1. the branch of medical science concerned with the therapeutic value of baths, esp those taken with natural mineral waters
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Derived Formsbalneological (ˌbælnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivebalneologist, noun

Word Origin for balneology

C19: from Latin balneum bath
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