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lithology

[ li-thol-uh-jee ]
/ lɪˈθɒl ə dʒi /
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noun
Geology.
  1. (loosely) petrology.
  2. the physical characteristics of a rock or stratigraphic unit.
Medicine/Medical. the study of the formation, pathology, and treatment of stones in the human body.
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Origin of lithology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lithology

lith·o·log·ic [lith-uh-loj-ik], /ˌlɪθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, lith·o·log·i·cal, adjectivelith·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lithology

lithology
/ (lɪˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

noun
the physical characteristics of a rock, including colour, composition, and texture
the study of rocks

Derived forms of lithology

lithologic (ˌlɪθəˈlɒdʒɪk) or lithological, adjectivelithologically, adverblithologist, noun
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Scientific definitions for lithology

lithology
[ lĭ-thŏlə-jē ]

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