[ soh-muh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌsoʊ məˈtɒl ə dʒi /


the branch of anthropology that deals with human physical characteristics.

Origin of somatology

First recorded in 1730–40; somato- + -logy

Related forms

so·mat·o·log·ic [suh-mat-l-oj-ik, soh-muh-tl-] /səˌmæt lˈɒdʒ ɪk, ˌsoʊ mə tl-/, so·ma·to·log·i·cal, adjectiveso·mat·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbso·ma·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for somatology


/ (ˌsəʊməˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of biology concerned with the structure and function of the body
the branch of anthropology dealing with the physical characteristics of man

Derived Forms

somatologic (ˌsəʊmətəˈlɒdʒɪk) or somatological, adjectivesomatologically, adverbsomatologist, noun
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