[ ter-uh-tol-uh-jee ]

  1. the science or study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in organisms.

Origin of teratology

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

Other words from teratology

  • ter·a·to·log·i·cal [ter-uh-tl-oj-i-kuhl], /ˌtɛr ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
  • ter·a·tol·o·gist, noun

Words Nearby teratology

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How to use teratology in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for teratology


/ (ˌtɛrəˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

  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

  1. a collection of tales about mythical or fantastic creatures, monsters, etc

Derived forms of teratology

  • teratologic (ˌtɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪk) or teratological, adjective
  • teratologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for teratology


[ tĕr′ə-tŏlə-jē ]

  1. The scientific study of birth defects.

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