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somatology

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noun so·ma·tol·o·gy \ˌsō-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of somatology

  1. :  a branch of anthropology primarily concerned with the comparative study of human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation

so·ma·to·log·i·cal play \ˌsō-mə-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, sō-ˌma-\ adjective


Origin of somatology

New Latin somatologia, from somat- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: circa 1878


Medical Dictionary

somatology

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noun so·ma·tol·o·gy \ˌsō-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē\

Medical Definition of somatology

plural so·ma·tol·o·gies

    so·ma·to·log·i·cal \ˌsō-mət-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl\play adjective




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