-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.

theomythology (s) (noun), theomythologies (pl)
A story or presentation that includes a mixture of religion and mythology: "Theomythology may include stories about supernatural beings and beliefs that some people have, or have had, even when they are not considered to be true."
theoteleology (s) (noun), theoteleologies (pl)
The doctrine of a godlike direction of nature to a divinely appointed end.
A person who specializes in theriogenology.
1. That branch of veterinary medicine that deals with reproduction, including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, and semenology.
2. The study of all aspects of normal and abnormal reproduction in animals, including the physiology and pathology of the male and female reproductive systems.
The scientific study of animals; zoology.
A zoologists is using a magnifying glass to observe insects.
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thermal ecology
1. The study of the effects of thermal conditions on living organisms, either in a naturally heated environment or in one affected by human activities.
2. The study of the independent and interactive biotic and abiotic components of naturally heated environments.
1. The branch of therapeutics concerned with the application of heat.
2. The treatment of disease by heat, or specifically by thermal baths.
3. The scientific study of heat as a therapeutic agent.
thermology, thermotics
1. The science of heat.
2. The study of heat and heat associated phenomena.
The scientific study of thermal springs.
A specialist in therology; a mammalogist.
The science of beasts (wild animals) or mammals.
1. The sum of what is known concerning nutrition; the science of nutrition.
2. The doctrine of nutrition; a treatise on nutrition.
A branch of zoology that specializes in the study of tigers.
tocologist (s) (noun), tocologists (pl)
One who is a specialist in parturition; obstetrician: Meg was especially interested in babies and decided to study tocology and become a tocologist and perhaps be able work as a doctor at the local hospital.
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.