teratism

[ ter-uh-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌtɪz əm /

noun

love or worship of the monstrous.
Biology. a monstrosity.

Nearby words

  1. terakihi,
  2. teraph,
  3. teraphim,
  4. teras,
  5. terat-,
  6. terato-,
  7. teratoblastoma,
  8. teratocarcinoma,
  9. teratogen,
  10. teratogenesis

Origin of teratism

First recorded in 1900–05; terat- + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for teratism

teratism

/ (ˈtɛrəˌtɪzəm) /

noun

a malformed animal or human, esp in the fetal stage; monster
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Medicine definitions for teratism

teratism

[ tĕrə-tĭz′əm ]

n.

A congenital malformation or monster.

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