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thanatology

[than-uh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌθæn əˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of death and its surrounding circumstances, as in forensic medicine.
2.
Psychiatry. the study of the effects of death and dying, especially the investigation of ways to lessen the suffering and address the needs of the terminally ill and their survivors.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; thanato- + -logy
Related forms
thanatological
[than-uh-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌθæn ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
thanatologist, noun
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Examples for thanatology
  • Hall founded gerontology, but he came to it by way of thanatology.
British Dictionary definitions for thanatology

thanatology

/ˌθænəˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the scientific study of death and the phenomena and practices relating to it
Word Origin
C19: from Greek thanatos death + -logy
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Word Origin and History for thanatology
thanatology
1842, "scientific study of death," from Gk. thanatos "death" (from PIE *dhwene- "to disappear, die," perhaps from root meaning "dark, cloudy") + -logia "treating of." Thanatism (1900) is the belief that at death the soul ceases to exist. Hence also Thanatos (1935), the "death instinct" in Freudian psychology. In 1970s, some undertakers made a bid to be called thanatologists.
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thanatology in Medicine

thanatology than·a·tol·o·gy (thān'ə-tŏl'ə-jē)
n.
The study of death and dying, especially of their psychological and social aspects.

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