mereology

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mereology (ˌmiːrɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the formal study of the logical properties of the relation of part and whole
 
[C20: via French from Greek meros part + -logy]
 
mereo'logical
 
adj

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Main Entry:  mereology1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the formal theory and study of part-whole relationships; this branch of logic
Main Entry:  mereology2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  Boolean algebra that excludes the null class
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