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lithology

[ li-thol-uh-jee ]

noun

  1. Geology.
    1. (loosely) petrology.
    2. the physical characteristics of a rock or stratigraphic unit.
  2. Medicine/Medical. the study of the formation, pathology, and treatment of stones in the human body.


lithology

/ ˌlɪθəˈlɒdʒɪk; lɪˈθɒlədʒɪ /

noun

  1. the physical characteristics of a rock, including colour, composition, and texture
  2. the study of rocks


lithology

/ lĭ-thŏlə-jē /

  1. The scientific study and description of rocks, especially at the macroscopic level, in terms of their color, texture, and composition.
  2. The gross physical character of a rock or rock formation.


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Derived Forms

  • liˈthologist, noun
  • lithologic, adjective
  • ˌlithoˈlogically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • lith·o·log·ic [lith-, uh, -, loj, -ik], litho·logi·cal adjective
  • litho·logi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lithology1

First recorded in 1710–20; litho- + -logy

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Example Sentences

We might say that a 'young lady, eminent for great skill in lithology, famed as the discoverer,' etc.

His observations on the lithology of the deposits accumulated beneath the sea were of special interest and importance.

The second year's work with lithology is carried on largely in the same way as with mineralogy.

It is nearly impossible to provide so abundantly, however, as for mineralogy and lithology.

Stone, as in lithology, the branch of medical science, relating to calculi or concretions.

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