teratology
noun Date: circa 1842 the study of malformations or serious deviations from the normal type in developing organisms • teratologist noun

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  • Teratology — Ter a*tol o*gy, n. [Gr. ?, ?, a wonder, monster + logy: cf. Gr. ? a telling of wonders, and F. t[ e]ratologie.] 1. That branch of biological science which treats of monstrosities, malformations, or deviations from the normal type of structure,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teratology — (n.) study of marvels and monsters, 1670s, from comb. form of Gk. teras (gen. teratos) marvel, monster + LOGY (Cf. logy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • teratology — [ter΄ə täl′ə jē] n. [ TERATO + LOGY] the scientific study of biological monstrosities and malformations teratological [ter΄ətə läj′i kəl] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Teratology — A two headed calf Teratology is the study of abnormalities of physiological development. It is often thought of as the study of human birth defects, but it is much broader than that, taking in other non birth developmental stages, including… …   Wikipedia

  • teratology — the study of malformations …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • teratology — n. [Gr. teras, monster; logos, discourse] The biological study of structural malformations and monstrosities …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • teratology — teratological /ter euh tl oj i keuhl/, adj. teratologist, n. /ter euh tol euh jee/, n. Biol. the science or study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in organisms. [1670 80; TERATO + LOGY] * * *       branch of the biological sciences dealing …   Universalium

  • teratology — noun a) The study of teratogenesis, congenital malformations or grossly deformed individuals. b) The study of the mechanisms, teratogenic agents, or teratogens, in bringing about malformations. See Also: teratogen, teratogenesis, ter …   Wiktionary

  • teratology — The branch of science concerned with the production, development, anatomy, and classification of malformed conceptuses. SEE ALSO: dysmorphology. [terato + G. logos, study] * * * ter·a·tol·o·gy .ter ə täl ə jē n …   Medical dictionary

  • teratology — Synonyms and related words: bowlegs, camelback, cleft palate, clubfoot, crookback, defacement, deformation, deformity, disfigurement, flatfoot, freakishness, harelip, humpback, hunchback, knock knee, kyphosis, lordosis, malconformation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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