herpetology

[hur-pi-tol-uh-jee]
noun
the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.

Origin:
1815–25; < Greek herpetó(n) a creeping thing (Compare hérpein to creep) + -logy; cf. serpent

herpetologic [hur-pi-tl-oj-ik] , herpetological, adjective
herpetologically, adverb
herpetologist, noun
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herpetology (ˌhɜːpɪˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the study of reptiles and amphibians
 
[C19: from Greek herpeton creeping animal, from herpein to creep]
 
herpetologic
 
adj
 
herpeto'logical
 
adj
 
herpeto'logically
 
adv
 
herpe'tologist
 
n

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herpetology
"study of reptiles," 1824, from Fr. herpétologie, coined from Gk. herpeton "reptile," lit. "creeping thing," from herpein "to creep" (see serpent) + logia "a speaking in a certain manner, study of."
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herpetology   (hûr'pĭ-tŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of reptiles and amphibians.
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herpetology

scientific study of amphibians and reptiles. Like most other fields of vertebrate biology (e.g., ichthyology, mammalogy), herpetology is composed of a number of cross-disciplines: behaviour, ecology, physiology, anatomy, paleontology, taxonomy, and others. Most students of recent forms are narrow in their interests, working on only one order or suborder (e.g., frogs, salamanders, snakes, lizards). A paleontologist is more likely to work with both amphibians and reptiles or with intermediate forms

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Making great leaps forward in herpetology: accounting for detectability in field studies.
Herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
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