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xenology Line breaks: xen|ol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /zɛˈnɒlədʒi/

Definition of xenology in English:


(Chiefly in science fiction) the scientific study of alien biology, cultures, etc.
Example sentences
  • According to published hypotheses, this distribution might result from vertical inheritance of ancestral genes via speciation, from one or more horizontal transfers (xenology), or from a mixture of both.
  • Molecular homologies can reflect the phylogeny of either species or genes and can reveal a complexity of pattern unknown in morphology, with orthology contributing to species phylogenies and paralogy and xenology contributing to gene phylogenies.
  • 1 Postmodernism is highlighted by an emphatically interdisciplinary nature: we can be certain that we won't be seeing departments of xenology being set up at universities.


Example sentences
  • Primatology has heaped up examples of how similar to humans Apes are, to the extent that it seems unlikely now that a xenologist from Rigel 5 could differentiate a human from a chimpanzee.
  • The original Zarkov seems to be a german scientist, a xenologist, from the 23rd. century.
  • The first is human, a repressed xenologist named A. A. Zivancevic; the other is Shar, a member of the Laeske species.


1950s: from Greek xenos 'stranger, foreigner', (adjective) 'strange'.

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