[ than-uh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌθæn əˈtɒl ə dʒi /
the study of death and its surrounding circumstances, as in forensic medicine.
Psychiatry. the study of the effects of death and dying, especially the investigation of ways to lessen the suffering and address the needs of the terminally ill and their survivors.
Related formsthan·a·to·log·i·cal [than-uh-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌθæn ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivethan·a·tol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for thanatology
/ (ˌθænəˈtɒlədʒɪ) /
the scientific study of death and the phenomena and practices relating to it
Word Origin for thanatology
C19: from Greek thanatos death + -logy
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Medicine definitions for thanatology
[ thăn′ə-tŏl′ə-jē ]
The study of death and dying, especially of their psychological and social aspects.
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