[ skuh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ skəˈtɒl ə dʒi /


the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity.
obscenity, especially words or humor referring to excrement.
the study of fossil excrement.

Nearby words

  1. scathe,
  2. scathing,
  3. scathingly,
  4. scato-,
  5. scatological,
  6. scatoma,
  7. scatophagy,
  8. scatoscopy,
  9. scatt,
  10. scatter

Origin of scatology

First recorded in 1875–80; scato- + -logy

Also called coprology.

Related formsscat·o·log·i·cal [skat-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌskæt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, scat·o·log·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for scatology


/ (skæˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the scientific study of excrement, esp in medicine for diagnostic purposes, and in palaeontology of fossilized excrement
obscenity or preoccupation with obscenity, esp in the form of references to excrement
Derived Formsscatologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for scatology



"obscene literature," 1876, with -logy "treatise, study" + Greek skat-, stem of skor (genitive skatos) "excrement," from PIE *sker- "excrement, dung" (cf. Latin stercus "dung"), literally "to cut off;" see shear (v.), and cf. shit (v.). Related: Scatological (1886).

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Medicine definitions for scatology


[ skă-tŏlə-jē ]


The study and analysis of feces for physiological and diagnostic purposes.coprology
An obsession with excrement or excretory functions.
The psychiatric study of such an obsession.
Related formsscat′o•logi•cal (skăt′l-ŏjĭ-kəl) null adj.

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