-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.
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"A mixologist has helped to create and to ease the morning after a night of drinking with special mixtures of flavors."
It includes the anatomy, histology, and cytology of the organism at any stage or period of its life history.
2. The study of the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole; especially, the physical shape and size of a specimen, plant, or animal.
3. In linguistics, the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition; the study and description of such patterns.
4. The study of the behavior and combination of morphemes.
5. Physical geography, geomorphology.
6. The form or structure of anything: "She wanted to gain an insight into the morphology of our political system."
7. The study of the form or structure of anything; such as, the anatomy of an animal.
Today, the scope of musicology for a musicologist may be summarized as covering the study of the history and phenomena of music, including (1) form and notation, (2) biography, (3) the development of musical instruments, (4) music theory (harmony, melody, modes, etc.), and (5) aesthetics, acoustics, and physiology of the voice, ear, and hand.
2. The study of the characteristics of a particular fungus.
2. One who is versed in myths or mythology.