-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.

1. The study of presently alive or recently extinct organisms.
2. The science of current organic life.
The study of young or newly-hatched birds.
Someone who specializes in the study of clouds.
In meteorology, the study of clouds.
nepiology, neonatology
The study and science of the newborn up to two months of age postnatally.
1. The biology of the nervous system or the branch of biology that deals with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system.
2. A branch of biology that is concerned with the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
A specialist in neuroendocrinology (a branch of the life sciences dealing with neurosecretion and the physiological interaction between the central nervous system and the endocrine system).
Having to do with the interactions between the nervous system and the endocrine system.

In the human body, two systems control all physiologic processes. One of these systems is neurologic while the other is endocrine.

The nervous system exerts point-to-point control through nerves. Nervous control is electrochemical in nature and is rapid.

The endocrine system broadcasts its messages to essentially all cells by the secretion of hormones into the blood and extracellular fluids.

Like a radio broadcast, it requires a receiver to get the message. To receive endocrine messages, cells must bear a receptor for the hormone being broadcast in order to respond to it.

The nervous and endocrine systems often act together to regulate the physiologic processes of the human body and those interactions constitute neuroendocrinology.

The microscopic anatomy of the nervous system.
neurologist (s) (noun), neurologists (pl)
Physicians who specialize in the functions and disorders of bodily nervous systems: Timothy's family doctor sent him to a neurologist at the hospital for further tests, diagnosis, and treatment regarding his extremely twitchy and jittery condition.
A medical doctor who takes care of patients who have nervous problems.
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neuropathology (s) (noun), neuropathologies (pl)
A branch of medicine that is concerned with diseases of the nervous system: Dr. Mason was one of the scientists in the department of neuropathology that dealt with several disorders related to the nerves, such as brain or spinal cord tumors, carpal tunnel syndromes, and Bell's palsy among others.
A specialist in the action of drugs on the nervous system.
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-.