-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.

xenobiology
xenodocheionology
xenology
xylology
The science of woods and forests.
zooarchaeology, zooarcheology (s) (noun); zooarchaeologies, zooarcheologies (pl)
The study of animal remains from archaeological sites: "Zooarchaeology includes the identification and analysis of animal species as an aid to reconstructing human diets, determining the impact of animals on past economies, and in understanding the environment at the time."

"Zooarchaeologists attempt to answer questions such as how many species of domesticated animals there were, how far wild animals were exploited, how many very young animals there were to determine kill patterns and climate changes, in what way bones were butchered, what the sex ratios there were in determining breeding strategies, and if there were any animals of unusual size."

zoobiology
A branch of biology that involves the scientific study of animals and all aspects of animal life.
Boys are studying animals as part of their zoobiological research.
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zooecology, zooecological
The study of the relationships between animals and their environments; animal ecology.
zoological anthropology (s) (noun), zoological anthropologies (pl)
The study of humans with particular references to mankind's place in the animal kingdom and with special emphasis on comparisons with other primates.
zoologist
A scientist specializing in the discipline of zoology; an expert in zoology.
zoology
1. The branch of biology that deals with the study of animals and animal life; the study of the structure, physiology, development, classification, etc., of animals.
2. The animals living in a particular area or period.
3. Zoological facts or characteristics concerning a particular animal or group of animals. Also called, zoobiology.

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zoonosologist
1. One who classifies the diseases of animals.
2. A specialist in the diseases of animals.
zoonosology
The study and classification of the various diseases of animals.
zoopalaeontology
1. Animal life of the geological past.
2. Prehistoric animals.
zoopathology, zoopathy
1. The study or science of the diseases of animals; animal pathology.
2. Animal diseases, especially those of lower animal forms.
zoopharmacology
1. The use of drugs in the treatment of animals.
2. Effects of drugs on animals.
3. Veterinary pharmacology.
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-.