[ hi-stol-uh-jee ]
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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.

Origin of histology

First recorded in 1840–50; histo- + -logy

Other words from histology

  • his·to·log·i·cal [his-tl-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌhɪs tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, his·to·log·ic, adjective

Words Nearby histology

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How to use histology in a sentence

  • To the microscope we owe not only histology but the comparative anatomy of the lower animals.

    Form and Function | E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

British Dictionary definitions for histology


/ (hɪˈstɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. the study, esp the microscopic study, of the tissues of an animal or plant

  2. the structure of a tissue or organ

Derived forms of histology

  • histological (ˌhɪstəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or histologic, adjective
  • histologically, adverb
  • histologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for histology


[ hĭ-stŏlə-jē ]

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

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