thanatology

[ than-uh-tol-uh-jee ]

noun
  1. the study of death and its surrounding circumstances, as in forensic medicine.

  2. 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.

Origin of thanatology

1
First recorded in 1835–45; thanato- + -logy

Other words from thanatology

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

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British Dictionary definitions for thanatology

thanatology

/ (ˌθænəˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


noun
  1. the scientific study of death and the phenomena and practices relating to it

Origin of thanatology

1
C19: from Greek thanatos death + -logy

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