[ ter-uh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌtɛr əˈtɒl ə dʒi /
the science or study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in organisms.
Origin of teratology
First recorded in 1670–80; terato-
Related formster·a·to·log·i·cal [ter-uh-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɛr ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveter·a·tol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for teratology
One may say, then, that a being possessing both arms and wings is a monster and belongs to the department of Teratology.
In any case this formation in question generally belongs more to general morphology than to teratology.
This mode of union belongs, perhaps, rather to the domain of pathology than of teratology.
Teratology ( , a monster) is a part of biology that treats of deviation from a normal development in man and the lower animals.
British Dictionary definitions for teratology
the branch of medical science concerned with the development of physical abnormalities during the fetal or early embryonic stage
the branch of biology that is concerned with the structure, development, etc, of monsters
a collection of tales about mythical or fantastic creatures, monsters, etc
Derived Formsteratologic (ˌtɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪk) or teratological, adjectiveteratologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for teratology
"study of marvels and monsters," 1670s, from comb. form of Greek teras (genitive teratos) "marvel, monster" + -logy.
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Medicine definitions for teratology
The biological study of malformations and monstrosities.
Related formster′a•to•log′ic (-tl-ŏj′ĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for teratology
The scientific study of birth defects.
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