scatologic

scatology

[skuh-tol-uh-jee]
noun
1.
the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity.
2.
obscenity, especially words or humor referring to excrement.
3.
the study of fossil excrement.
Also called coprology.


Origin:
1875–80; scato- + -logy

scatological [skat-l-oj-i-kuhl] , scatologic, adjective
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scatological or (less commonly) scatologic (ˌskætəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌskætəˈlɒdʒɪk)
 
adj
1.  characterized by obscenity or preoccupation with obscenity, esp in the form of references to excrement
2.  of or relating to the scientific study of excrement
 
scatologic or (less commonly) scatologic
 
adj

scatology (skæˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the scientific study of excrement, esp in medicine for diagnostic purposes, and in palaeontology of fossilized excrement
2.  obscenity or preoccupation with obscenity, esp in the form of references to excrement
 
sca'tologist
 
n

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scatology
"obscene literature," 1876, from Gk. skat-, stem of skor (gen. skatos) "excrement" (from PIE base *sker- "to defecate") + -logy "treatise, study."
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scatology sca·tol·o·gy (skā-tŏl'ə-jē, skə-)
n.

  1. The study and analysis of feces for physiological and diagnostic purposes. Also called coprology.

  2. An obsession with excrement or excretory functions.

  3. The psychiatric study of such an obsession.


scat'o·log'i·cal (skāt'l-ŏj'ĭ-kəl) or scat'o·log'ic (-ĭk) adj.
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