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lithology

[li-thol-uh-jee] /lɪˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
Geology.
  1. (loosely) petrology.
  2. the physical characteristics of a rock or stratigraphic unit.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the study of the formation, pathology, and treatment of stones in the human body.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; litho- + -logy
Related forms
lithologic
[lith-uh-loj-ik] /ˌlɪθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
lithological, adjective
lithologically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for litho-logically

lithology

/lɪˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the physical characteristics of a rock, including colour, composition, and texture
2.
the study of rocks
Derived Forms
lithologic (ˌlɪθəˈlɒdʒɪk), lithological, adjective
lithologically, adverb
lithologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for litho-logically

lithology

n.

study of rock-formation, 1716, from Modern Latin lithologia, from litho- + -logia (see -logy).

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lithology
  (lĭ-thŏl'ə-jē)   
  1. The scientific study and description of rocks, especially at the macroscopic level, in terms of their color, texture, and composition.

  2. The gross physical character of a rock or rock formation.


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