Definition of teratology in English:

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teratology

Pronunciation: /ˌtɛrəˈtɒlədʒi/

noun

[mass noun]
1 Medicine & Biology The scientific study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations: he has made a long study of teratology [count noun]: figurative the teratologies of human corruption
More example sentences
  • Rejecting the notion that freaks were sports of nature, Saint - Hilaire argued that teratology (the medical study of congenital monstrosity) should link normal and abnormal development.
  • Genomics is unlikely to be of use in teratology studies because of the rapid rate of change in the developing organism.
  • It is also forging links with medically oriented areas of developmental biology such as teratology and endocrine disruption.

Derivatives

teratological

Pronunciation: /tɛrəˌtəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • I'm already planning to have the students poison developing zebrafish embryos and observe the formation of teratological defects, so I think sending 'em off to stab baby flies would fit right in with the program.
  • It was suggested, by the French surgeon Jean Riolan and the Italian naturalist Ulysses Aldrovandi, that the new teratological science claimed to understand monstrosity exclusively in terms of physical deformity.
  • This was the process by which the extraordinary body ceased to be truly extraordinary - that is, outside the realm of the natural - the process by which the teratological was stripped of its wonder and made simply pathological.

teratologist

noun
Example sentences
  • Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hillaire was the first teratologist to classify conjoined twins, using Greek etymology to describe the twins in terms of their shared anatomy.
  • The catalog provides a source of reference for teratologists wishing knowledge of the literature dealing with a particular teratogenic agents.
  • It is interesting to note that modern teratologists retained ` monster’ as a scientific term, therefore using a word which, through centuries, had inspired many prejudices.

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