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scatology

[skuh-tol-uh-jee] /skəˈtɒl ə dʒi/
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
1875-1880
1875-80; scato- + -logy
Related forms
scatological
[skat-l-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌskæt lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
scatologic, adjective
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  • Sometimes, one of them would make a scatological joke, and they'd share a little laugh.
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  • The language is profanity-free, but much of the humor is scatological.
British Dictionary definitions for scatological

scatological

/ˌskætəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/
adjective
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

scatology

/skæˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
scatologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for scatological

scatology

n.

"obscene literature," 1876, with -logy "treatise, study" + Greek skat-, stem of skor (genitive skatos) "excrement," from PIE *sker- "excrement, dung" (cf. Latin stercus "dung"), literally "to cut off;" see shear (v.), and cf. shit (v.). Related: Scatological (1886).

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scatological in Medicine

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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