[ tur-muh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌtɜr məˈnɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural ter·mi·nol·o·gies.

the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature: the terminology of botany.
the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.

Origin of terminology

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related formster·mi·no·log·i·cal [tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveter·mi·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbter·mi·nol·o·gist, noun
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/ (ˌtɜːmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
the study of terms
Derived Formsterminological (ˌtɜːmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveterminologically, adverbterminologist, noun

Word Origin for terminology

C19: from Medieval Latin terminus term, from Latin: end
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Word Origin and History for terminology



1801, from German Terminologie (1786), a hybrid coined by C.G. Schütz of Jena, from Medieval Latin terminus "word, expression" (see terminus) + Greek -logia "a dealing with, a speaking of" (see -logy).

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