scatology

[ skuh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ skəˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun

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

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Also called coprology.

Origin of scatology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM scatology

scat·o·log·i·cal [skat-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌskæt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, scat·o·log·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scatology

scatology
/ (skæˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

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 forms of scatology

scatologist, noun
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Medical definitions for scatology

scatology
[ skă-tŏlə-jē ]

n.

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.

Other words from scatology

scat′o•logi•cal (skăt′l-ŏjĭ-kəl) null adj.
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