-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.

marine biology
A branch of biology that deals with the living organisms that inhabit the sea.
marine meteorology
The study of oceanic areas, including island and coastal regions, to serve the needs of air and surface navigation over the oceans.
marine microbiology
The branch of microbiology dealing with sea micro-organisms living in the sea.
martyrologist (s) (noun), martyrologists (pl)
1. A writer of martyrology.
2. An historian of martyrs.
3. Someone who specializes in the accounts of the lives and manners of the deaths of martyrs.
4. A writer of or a specialist in martyrology.
martyrology
martyrology (s) (noun), martyrologies (pl)
1. The branch of historical knowledge dealing with the lives of martyrs.
2. A history of religious martyrs.
3. Such histories collectively.
4. A list or catalogue of martyrs.
5. An account of the life and manner of the death of a martyr.
6. The branch of ecclesiastical history or hagiography that deals with martyrs.
mastology
The branch of medicine concerned with the study of the breasts.
mazologist (s) (noun), mazologists (pl)
Someone who studies the animal class of Mammalia which refers to warm-blooded creatures that have body hair and feed milk to its young.
mazology (s) (noun), mazologies (pl)
The branch of zoology that studies mammals which is a class of vertebrates with characteristics; such as, fur, blood, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems.
mechanobiology
The study of how mechanical stimuli regulate biological processes. The mechanobiology of bone and cartilage lies at the heart of two of the most common skeletal diseases in the elderly: osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

Cells are sensitive to mechanical force, and respond in a variety of ways, many of which are beneficial, but others that contribute to disease.

While biologists have contributed greatly to our understanding of the biochemical signaling pathways that transmit these responses, little progress has been made in identifying the initiating event in which a mechanical force is first transduced into a biochemical signal.

Mechanics regulates biological processes at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and organism levels.

Mechanical loading can influence cell proliferation, differentiation, and metabolism; and as such, plays a crucial role in the growth, adaptation, regeneration and engineering of living tissues.

Several mechanisms have been proposed, and some have been characterized, but there is still much to learn.

In the process of studying the interactions between force and biology, this new field of mechanobiology is now being studied in various universities.

meconology
1. A treatise on the poppy or opium.
2. The study of poppies and opium.
medicopsychology (s) (noun), medicopsychologies (pl)
Psychology in its relation with medicine.
melittology
The study of bees.
menology
merology
The study of rudimentary tissues.
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-.