Thursday, December 15, 2011

Today's Trivia – Words Ending In “ology”

This week’s useless but interesting information is a list of words ending with the suffix “ology”, which often refers to a field of study or an academic discipline that you’ll find beside each word.

-ologyThe study of...
Acarology...ticks and mites
Actinology...the effect of light on chemicals
Aetiology...the medical study of the causation of disease
Algology...algae
Andrology...male health and disease
Anesthesiology...anesthesia and anesthetics
Angiology...the anatomy of blood and lymph vascular systems
Anthropology...humans
Arachnology...spiders and their kin
Archaeology...past human life
Astrology...stars influences on human affairs
Audiology...hearing
Bacteriology...bacteria
Biology...life
Campanology...and the art of bell ringing
Cardiology...the heart
Carpology...the structure of seeds and fruit
Cerealogy...crop circles
Cetology...marine mammals
Climatology...the climate
Conchology...shells and of molluscs
Cosmology...the cosmos or our place in it
Craniology...the characteristics of the skull
Criminology...crime
Cryptology...how to encrypt and decrypt secret messages
Cryptozoology...animals that may or may not be mythical
Cytology...biological cells
Demonology...demons
Dendrochronology...the age of trees and the records in their rings
Dendrology...trees
Dermatology...skin
Dialectology...dialects
Ecclesiology...Church architecture and decoration
Ecology...environment
Egyptology...the ancient Egyptians
Embryology...embryos
Endocrinology...hormones
Entomology...insects
Enzymology...enzymes
Epidemiology...epidemics
Ethology...animal behaviour
Etymology...word origins
Gemology...gemstones
Geology...the Earth
Gerontology...old age
Glaciology...glaciers
Gynaecology...medicine relating to women
Haematology...blood
Heliology...the Sun
Helminthology...parasitic worms
Hepatology...the liver
Herbology...the therapeutic use of plants
Herpetology...reptiles and amphibians
Histology...living tissues
Hydrology...water
Ichthyology...fish
Immunology...the immune system
Kinesiology...movement in relation to human anatomy
Kymatology...waves or wave motions
Limnology...fresh water environments, lakes
Lithology...rocks
Mammology...mammals
Meteorology...weather
Metrology...measurement
Microbiology...microorganisms and their effects on humans
Mineralogy...minerals
Mycology...fungi
Myology...muscles
Myrmecology...ants
Mythology...myths
Nephology...clouds
Nephrology...the kidneys and their diseases
Neurology...nerves
Neuropathology...neural diseases
Neurophysiology...the functions of the nervous system
Oncology...cancer
Ontology...existence
Oology...eggs
Ophthalmology...the eyes
Ornithology...birds
Orology...mountains and their mapping
Osteology...bones
Otology...the ear
Palaentology...ancient creatures
Palynology...pollen
Parasitology...parasites
Pathology...illness
Pedology...soil
Pharmacology...drugs
Phonology...vocal sounds
Phrenology...the derivation of a persons character traits from shape of skull
Physiology...bodily functions
Phytology...plants; botany
Planktology...plankton
Psychology...mental processes in humans
Radiology...radiation
Rhinology...the nose and its diseases
Seismology...earthquakes
Selenology...the moon
Serology...blood serum
Sociology...society
Speleology...or exploration of caves
Theology...Religion
Toxicology...toxins, poisons
Urology...the urogenitaltract
Vexillology...flags
Virology...viruses
Volcanology...volcanoes
Xylology...wood
Zoology...animals
Zymology...fermentation

Franz Boas, one of the pioneers of modern anthropology, often called the "Father of American Anthropology"

2 comments:

  1. I was a little disappointing to see that Cerealogy is for crop circles. I was all set to get my Masters in breakfast food. :( (lol)

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  2. Ha ha... That one's a little misleading.

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