-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.

The study of hieroglyphic writing, or a system employing a conventionalized pictographic script, especially that used by the ancient Egyptians.
Someone who is versed in, or who studies, hierology.
hierology (s), hierologies (pl)
1. The sacred literature of a people.
2. A treatise on sacred things; especially, the science that deals with the ancient writings and inscriptions of the Egyptians, or a treatise on that science.
3. Sacred literature or lore; the literature embodying the religious beliefs of a country or people; such as, of the Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, etc.
4. The history of religions as a branch of study.
A specialist in hippology or the study of horses.
The special study of horses.
The doctrine of horse diseases.
hippopathology (s) (noun) (no pl)
In veterinary medicine, the study of the diseases of horses: Since Sam loved horses, he decided to go to get a veterinary education and specialize in hippopathology, or the science of examining and treating the ailments of horses.
The description of the bones of a horse.
histologist, microanatomist
1. A scientist who studies tissues and cells by using microscopic techniques.
2. A specialist in the study of cells and microscopic tissues.
1. The study of tissues and cells at the microscopic level.
2. An integral subspeciality of anatomy wherein the tissue and cells of an organism's structures are treated with special chemicals and studied with the light microscope.
The morphology, or the study of structure and form including the anatomy, histology, and cytology of the tissues of the body.
The microscopic anatomy of the nervous system; neurohistology.
histopathology (s) (noun), histopathologies (pl)
The study of abnormal or diseased tissue or microscopically visible changes in diseased tissue: Histopathology is the science of the structural alteration of cells and tissues caused by infections and ailments.
1. A branch of physiology concerned with the structure and function of tissues.
2. The microscopic study of tissues in relation to their functions.
historical geologist (s) (noun), historical geologists (pl)
A geologists who divides all time since the formation of the earliest known rocks (about four billion years ago) into four major divisions: Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras: A historical geologis maintains that each era, except the Cenozoic, ended with profound changes in the disposition of the Earth's continents and mountains and was characterized by the emergence of new forms of life.

Broad cyclical patterns, which run through all historical geology, include a period of mountain and continent building followed by one of erosion, and then by a new period of elevation.

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-.