-ology, -logy, -ologist, -logist
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.
ludology (s) (noun)
, ludologies (pl)
The study of games, in particular computer and video games: There are several colleges and universities in North America that offer some form of "video game studies", or ludology
, ranging from computer science to prepare students for game-making careers to critiques of games as cultural interactions.
Ludology focuses on game designing, players, and their role in society and culture.
luminologist (s) (noun)
, luminologists (pl)
1. Someone who studies the shimmering or glowing phenomena of lambency in living organisms: The Marine University hired Dr. Lawson, a renown luminologist, to chair the department which studied the underwater plant and animal life which produce a vivid luster.
2. A person who is versed in the study of books with colored illustrations: As a result of her artistic abilities and specialization in ancient manuscripts, Julie was hired by the library as a luminologist to catalogue and repair the illuminations in the manuscript collection.
lunarology (s) (noun)
, lunarologies (pl)
The scientific study of the moon.
The ecology of a macrohabitat or larger generalized area.
macrologist (s) (noun)
, macrologists (pl)
A dull conversationalist; usually, someone who is often at parties or other social gatherings.
macrology (s) (noun)
, macrologies (pl)
A long and tedious conversation without much substance; a superfluity or over abundance of words: Macrology
is not just a speech, but it is also excessive in length and very boring.
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The phase of pathology that pertains to the gross (large) anatomical changes in disease.
1. A practitioner of maieutics.
2. An obstetrician.
A specialist in malacology.
The science, or branch of zoology, that involves the study of the formation and habits of soft-bodied animals or mollusks.
malacozoology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of molluscs: Malacozoology is the science of soft-bodied invertebrate animals, normally with a hard shell consisting of one or more parts.
malariology (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
The scientific study of the infectious disease caused by parasites that infect the red blood cells: At the hospital's Infectious Disease Department, Dr. Smithson was a specialist in malariology where he was studying blood smears in the laboratory at six-hour to twelve-hour intervals until the parasites became clearly visible under the microscope.
Someone who tells fortunes.
The art of fortune-telling or divining past, present, and/or future events.
If those who can foretell the future
Happen to be professors,
They're called "prescient prognosticators,"
If not, they're just "lucky guessers."
marine biologist (s) (noun)
, marine biologists (pl)
An individual who specializes in the branch of the living organisms that inhabit the sea: Jim's uncle was a marine biologist who spent much of his life either in the water engrossed in rare fish or in front of his computer reading about the newest discoveries in ocean life.