-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.

river morphology (s) (noun), river morphologies (pl)
The study of a channel pattern and its geometric forms at several points along a waterway, including the network of tributaries within a drainage basin.
Radiologist, a physician who uses x-rays or other sources of radiation for diagnosis and treatment.
1. Radiology, the branch of medicine concerned with radioactive substaces, including x-rays, radioactive isotopes, and ionizing radiations, and the application of this information to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
2. Radiology, the science of radiation and, specifically, the use of both ionizing (like X-ray) and nonionizing (like ultrasound) modalities for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Roentgenology is named for Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen who discovered X-rays. Roentgen, a professor of physics in Germany, wanted to prove his hypothesis that cathode rays could penetrate substances besides air.

When he saw that he could film his thumb and forefinger and their bones on a screen, the story goes that he replaced the screen with a photographic plate and X-rayed his wife's hand.

Roentgen's report of his findings, "On a New Kind of Rays", was published by the Physical-Medical Society of W├╝rzburg, Germany, in December 1895.

salvage archaeology, salvage archeology (s) (noun) (no plural)
A branch of ancient times that are devoted to studying artifacts and features on sites which are in danger of being damaged, or destroyed, by development in the form of the construction of dams, buildings, highways, etc.: "Salvage archaeology includes the location, recording (usually through excavation), and collection of archaeological data from a site in advance of highway construction, drainage projects, or urban development."

In the U.S., the first major program of salvage archaeology was undertaken during 1930, ahead of the construction and dam building done by the Tennessee Valley authority."

The rescue, or salvage, archaeologist, is concerned with the retrieval of as much information as possible about the archaeological sites before they are damaged or destroyed.

sanctilogy, sanctology
A catalog or list or enumeration of the names of saints, or a collection of saints' lives
A biologist who studies saprobic environments or a reference to organisms that obtain their food directly from decaying organic material.
The study of saprobic environments.
1. Someone who studies fecal excrement; as in medicine, paleontology, or biology.
2. Anyone who has an obsession with excrement or excretory functions.
3. A reference to a person who resorts to obscene language or literature; especially, that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.
1. The study of fecal excrement or feces, as in medicine, paleontology, or biology.
2. The scientific study and analysis of the feces.
3. Interest in obscene things; especially, obscene literature and conversation.

Scatology derives from a Greek word meaning "dung knowledge" and is used in pathology to mean "diagnosis by a study of feces."

It is commonly applied today; such as, to obscene or bawdy literature, some radio "talk shows" and TV programs, films, and dramatic performances.

An adherent or practitioner of Scientology; a member of the "Church of Scientology".
A system of beliefs based on the study of knowledge and claiming to develop the highest potentialities of its members; founded in 1951 by L. Ron Hubbard (b. 1911).
The scientific study of parasitic worms.
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-.