Origin of osteology

From the New Latin word osteologia, dating back to 1660–70. See osteo-, -logy
Related formsos·te·o·log·i·cal [os-tee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɒs ti əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, os·te·o·log·ic, adjectiveos·te·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbos·te·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for osteologist


  1. the study of the structure and function of bones
Derived Formsosteological (ˌɒstɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveosteologically, adverbosteologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for osteologist



1660s, from French ostèologie, from Modern Latin osteologia, from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous) + -logia (see -logy).

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osteologist in Medicine


  1. The branch of anatomy that deals with the structure and function of bones.
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