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thanatology Line breaks: thana|tol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ˌθanəˈtɒlədʒi/

Definition of thanatology in English:


[mass noun]
The scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families.
Example sentences
  • It's good to come to terms with thanatology as a psychospiritual initiation.
  • Accordingly, the concepts of hospice and palliative care, pioneered in England by Saunders, and of thanatology, pioneered in the U.S. by Kubler-Ross, emerged, signaling the birth of a new movement.
  • These course units are for students of thanatology and also to be used as electives for various other programmes.


Example sentences
  • This is a successful encyclopaedia that contains a few subjective choices and at times even a few errors, but is able to answer common questions in an efficient and professional manner in its thanatological articles.
  • I have met a would-be suicide bomber who had not yet had the chance to put his thanatological daydream into practice.
  • The threat of terrorism has consequences in thinking about death and popular thanatological literature.
Example sentences
  • It may seem isolating, but many people are ambivalent about the death of an intimate, says Jean Miller, a thanatologist at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Music thanatologists use the harp because of its universality and rich, soothing tones.
  • The services are provided by a master-level social worker who also is a certified thanatologist.


Mid 19th century: from Greek thanatos 'death' + -logy.

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