-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 vital physical processes and functions of animals.
2. The biology of zoophytes; such as, sea-anemones, crinoids, corals, and sponges.
2. The behavior and mental processes of animals; animal psychology.
2. The chemistry of fermentation: Zymology deals with the biochemical processes involved in fermentation, with yeast selection and physiology, as well as with the practical issues of beer and wine making.
Fermentation can be simply defined in zymology as the conversion of sugar molecules into ethanol and carbon dioxide with yeast.