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semiology

[see-mee-ol-uh-jee, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] /ˌsi miˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-/
noun
1.
the study of signs and symbols; semiotics.
Also, semeiology.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Greek sēmeîo(n) sign + -logy
Related forms
semiologic
[see-mee-uh-loj-ik, sem-ee-, se-mahy-] /ˌsi mi əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsɛ maɪ-/ (Show IPA),
semiological, adjective
semiologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for semiology

semiology

/ˌsɛmɪˈɒlədʒɪ; ˌsiːmɪ-/
noun
1.
another word for semiotics
Derived Forms
semiologic (ˌsɛmɪəˈlɒdʒɪk; ˌsiːmɪ-), semiological, semeiologic, semeiological, adjective
semiologist, semeiologist, noun
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense ``sign language''): from Greek sēmeion sign + -logy
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Word Origin and History for semiology
n.

1690s, "sign language," from Greek semeion "a sign, mark, token," from sema (cf. semiotic) + -ology. As "branch of medical science concerned with symptoms," 1839; as "logical theory of signs" from 1923. Related: Semiological.

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