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teratology

[ter-uh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌtɛr əˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Biology
1.
the science or study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in organisms.
Origin of teratology
1670-1680
1670-80; terato- + -logy
Related forms
teratological
[ter-uh-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɛr ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
teratologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for teratology

teratology

/ˌtɛrəˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of medical science concerned with the development of physical abnormalities during the fetal or early embryonic stage
2.
the branch of biology that is concerned with the structure, development, etc, of monsters
3.
a collection of tales about mythical or fantastic creatures, monsters, etc
Derived Forms
teratologic (ˌtɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪk), teratological, adjective
teratologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for teratology
n.

"study of marvels and monsters," 1670s, from comb. form of Greek teras (genitive teratos) "marvel, monster" + -logy.

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teratology in Medicine

teratology ter·a·tol·o·gy (těr'ə-tŏl'ə-jē)
n.
The biological study of malformations and monstrosities.


ter'a·to·log'ic (-tl-ŏj'ĭk) adj.
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teratology in Science
teratology
  (těr'ə-tŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of birth defects.
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