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teratology Syllabification: ter·a·tol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌterəˈtäləjē/

Definition of teratology in English:


1 Medicine & Biology The scientific study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˌterətəˈläjikəl/
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.
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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