teratology

[ter-uh-tol-uh-jee]

Origin of teratology

First recorded in 1670–80; terato- + -logy
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

Historical Examples of teratology

  • Discredit has been cast on teratology because it has been incautiously used.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Be this as it may, teratology owes a very large number of its records to this class of observers.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • This mode of union belongs, perhaps, rather to the domain of pathology than of teratology.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • In any case this formation in question generally belongs more to general morphology than to teratology.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The discussion of this matter, however, pertains rather to normal morphology than to teratology.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for teratology

teratology

noun
  1. the branch of medical science concerned with the development of physical abnormalities during the fetal or early embryonic stage
  2. the branch of biology that is concerned with the structure, development, etc, of monsters
  3. 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
n.

"study of marvels and monsters," 1670s, from comb. form of Greek teras (genitive teratos) "marvel, monster" + -logy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

teratology in Medicine

teratology

[tĕr′ə-tŏlə-jē]
n.
  1. The biological study of malformations and monstrosities.
Related formster′a•to•logic (-tl-ŏjĭk) adj.
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teratology in Science

teratology

[tĕr′ə-tŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of birth defects.
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