-ology, -logy, -ologist, -logist
(Greek: a suffix meaning: to talk, to speak; a branch of knowledge; any science or academic field that ends in -ology which is a variant of -logy; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with certain topics or subjects)
The word -ology is a back-formation from the names of certain disciplines. The -logy element basically means "the study of ____". Such words are formed from Greek or Latin roots with the terminal -logy derived from the Greek suffix -λογια (-logia), speaking, from λεγειν (legein), "to speak".
The suffix -ology is considered to be misleading sometimes as when the "o" is actually part of the word stem that receives the -logy ending; such as, bio + logy.
Through the years -ology and -logy have come to mean, "study of" or "science of" and either of these suffixes often utilize the form of -ologist, "one who (whatever the preceding element refers to)".
The examples shown in this unit represent just a small fraction of the many words that exist in various dictionaries.
2. The art of judging a person's character, disposition, and aptitude from his/her handwriting.
3. The study of handwriting; especially, in order to assess somebody's personality from patterns or features of his or her writing.
4. The linguistic study of writing; such as, the study of writing systems and their relationships to the sound systems of languages.
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2. Interpretation of personality disorders from a study of handwriting.
2. The branch of medicine that devotes itself to the care and prevention physical disorders in women and which for the most part is not concerned with pregnancy.
Gynecologic conditions are also associated with public-health functions, and includes family planning, preconception counseling, genetic counseling, and sexual therapy.