teratology

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Etymology[edit]

Greek τέρατος, genitive of τέρας (marvel, monster), + -logy

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teratology ‎(countable and uncountable, plural teratologies)

  1. (medicine) The study of teratogenesis, congenital malformations or grossly deformed individuals.
  2. (toxicology) The study of the mechanisms, teratogenic agents, or teratogens, in bringing about malformations.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (obsolete) Affectation of sublimity; bombast.
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  • teratology in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911