semiology or se·mei·ol·o·gy [see-mee- ol- uh-jee, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] Word Origin See more synonyms for semiology on Thesaurus.com the study of signs and symbols; semiotics. Origin of semiology 1885–90;
) sign +
-logy Related forms se·mi·o·log·ic , [see-mee- uh- loj-ik, sem-ee-, se-mahy-] /ˌsi mi əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsɛ maɪ-/ se·mi·o·log·i·cal, adjective se·mi·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semiology Derived Forms semiologic ( ˌsɛmɪəˈlɒdʒɪk, ˌsiːmɪ-), semiological, semeiologic or semeiological, adjective semiologist or semeiologist, noun Word Origin
C17 (in the sense ``sign language''): from Greek
sēmeion sign + -logy
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Word Origin and History for semiology n.
1690s, "sign language," from Greek
semeion "a sign, mark, token," from sema (cf. semiotic) + -ology. As "branch of medical science concerned with symptoms," 1839; as "logical theory of signs" from 1923. Related: Semiological.
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