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[tur-muh-nol-uh-jee] /ˌtɜr məˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural terminologies.
the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject; nomenclature:
the terminology of botany.
the science of terms, as in particular sciences or arts.
Origin of terminology
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin termin(us) term + -o- + -logy
Related forms
[tur-muh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌtɜr mə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun Unabridged
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  • And among those who agreed to try, the discussions quickly bogged down in dense terminology.
  • Cold-war terminology implied that third-world countries had limited room for independent manoeuvre.
  • Make sure students know the terminology for the different parts of a mangrove tree.
  • Doing science requires using technical terminology to allow you to successfully navigate the expert terrain.
  • The terminology of bridge suffers from a gap that irritates all those who write about the game.
  • Fortunately, you will absorb much of the terminology by osmosis.
  • The terminology of financial markets can be imprecise.
  • Since the time this became politically incorrect terminology people have been losing control of their pets.
British Dictionary definitions for terminology


noun (pl) -gies
the body of specialized words relating to a particular subject
the study of terms
Derived Forms
terminological (ˌtɜːmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
terminologically, adverb
terminologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin terminus term, from Latin: end
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Word Origin and History for terminology

1801, from German Terminologie (1786), a hybrid coined by C.G. Schütz of Jena, from Medieval Latin terminus "word, expression" (see terminus) + Greek -logia "a dealing with, a speaking of" (see -logy).

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