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  1. the branch of biology dealing with the study of tissues.
  2. the structure, especially the microscopic structure, of organic tissues.
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Origin of histology

First recorded in 1840–50; histo- + -logy
Related formshis·to·log·i·cal [his-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌhɪs tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, his·to·log·ic, adjectivehis·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • In some instances they were found where a histologic examination of the costochondral junctions showed nothing abnormal.

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British Dictionary definitions for histologic


  1. the study, esp the microscopic study, of the tissues of an animal or plant
  2. the structure of a tissue or organ
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Derived Formshistological (ˌhɪstəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or histologic, adjectivehistologically, adverbhistologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for histologic



"study of organic tissues," 1847, from histo- + -ology.

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histologic in Medicine


  1. The science concerned with the minute structure of tissues and organs in relation to their function.microanatomy
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Related formshis′to•logi•cal (hĭs′tə-lŏjĭ-kəl) null adj.his•tolo•gist n.
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histologic in Science


  1. The scientific study of the microscopic structure of plant and animal tissues.
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