the branch of biology dealing with the study of tissues.
the structure, especially the microscopic structure, of organic tissues.

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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Examples from the Web for histology

Historical Examples of histology

  • There was practically no histology taught, and little or no pathology.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • His concern, one may say, is with the gross anatomy of passion, not with its histology.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • As I have not especially attended to histology, it would be presumptuous in me to express an opinion on the two opposed doctrines.

  • They have learnt a great deal of histology, and they have fancied that histology and physiology are the same things.

    Science and Education

    Thomas H. Huxley

  • The doctor was the person who used it most, devoting much of his time to investigations in histology.


    Armando Palacio Valds

British Dictionary definitions for histology



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for histology




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



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