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Origin of cytology

First recorded in 1885–90; cyto- + -logy
Related formscy·to·log·ic [sahyt-l-oj-ik] /ˌsaɪt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/, cy·to·log·i·cal, adjectivecy·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbcy·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cytology


  1. the study of plant and animal cells, including their structure, function, and formation
  2. the detailed structure of a tissue, as revealed by microscopic examination
Derived Formscytological (ˌsaɪtəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivecytologically, adverbcytologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for cytology

1857, from cyto- + -logy. Related: Cytologist (1884).

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cytology in Medicine


  1. The branch of biology that deals with the formation, structure, and function of cells.
Related formscy′to•logic (-tə-lŏjĭk) adj.
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cytology in Science


  1. The scientific study of the formation, structure, and function of cells.
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