algology

[al-gol-uh-jee]
noun
the branch of botany dealing with algae.

Origin:
1840–50; alg(ae) + -o- + -logy

algological [al-guh-loj-i-kuhl] , adjective
algologically, adverb
algologist, noun
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algology1 (ælˈɡɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of biology concerned with the study of algae
 
algological1
 
adj
 
algo'logically1
 
adv
 
al'gologist1
 
n

algology2 (ælˈɡɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of medicine concerned with the study of pain
 
[from Greek algos pain]

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algology

the study of algae, a large heterogeneous group of chiefly aquatic plants ranging in size from microscopic forms to species as large as shrubs or trees. The discipline is of immediate interest to humans because of algae's importance in ecology. Certain algae, especially planktonic (i.e., floating or drifting) forms, constitute a vital segment of food chains. In coastal regions many large species of algae are supplementary food sources for humans. In industry some algae are sources of commercially valuable substances such as iodine, agar, carrageenan, alginic acid, and potash. Other alga products are used in insulating materials, bricks, scouring powder, and filters. Certain species are used in sewage-oxidation ponds.

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The study of marine and freshwater algae is called phycology or algology.
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