Definition of tetralogy in English:


Syllabification: te·tral·o·gy
Pronunciation: /teˈträləjē

noun (plural tetralogies)

  • 1A group of four related literary or operatic works.
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    • Of the tetralogy, I think Walküre is my least favourite.
    • Rabbit Remembered may have upset the symmetry of his great tetralogy but it in no way diminishes it.
    • Adam Phillips starts his essay on the impossibilities of human desire by quoting Christopher Tietjens, the stoic hero of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy, Parade's End.
  • 1.1A series of four ancient Greek dramas, three tragedies and one satyr play, originally presented together.
    [from Greek tetralogia]
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    • Many of Aeschylus' productions were connected ‘tetralogies’, comprising three tragedies presenting successive episodes of a single story (a ‘trilogy’) followed by a satyr-play based on part of the same or a related myth.
    • Whereas in the first tetralogy women are granted considerable power as warriors and politicians, in the second tetralogy there are ‘fewer female characters; they have less time on stage and less to say when they get there.’
    • The earliest copy of Plato's Tetralogies is dated about 1,200 years after Plato supposedly wrote the original.
  • 2 Medicine A set of four related symptoms or abnormalities frequently occurring together.
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    • The various operations performed on these patients were corrective operations for cyanotic heart disease such as tetralogy of Fallot, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia and transposition of great vessels.
    • Fallot's tetralogy is a set of 4 congenital heart defects occurring together.
    • Two of them had Fallot's tetralogy, which Cleland and his colleagues had never operated on before.

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