bal·​ne·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌbal-nē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce balneology (audio) \

Definition of balneology

: the science of the therapeutic use of baths

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Sure, the hot water feels good. Sure, the massage is nice. But it goes beyond that, advocates say. So wrote Ellen Creager in an article published on February 18, 2001 in the Detroit Free Press. The healing powers of mineral baths have long been touted by advocates like those mentioned by Creager. Though we've had the word balneology for just over 120 years, this method of treating aching muscles, joint pain, and skin ailments goes back to ancient times. Proponents of the science of bath therapy created the name "balneology" from the Latin word balneum ("bath") and the combining form "-logy" ("science"). Today, some medical institutes in Europe have departments of balneology. Modern "balneologists" impart their knowledge to, or themselves serve as, "balneotherapists," who apply their "balneotherapy" to grateful clients.

First Known Use of balneology

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balneology

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin balneum bath — more at bagnio

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“Balneology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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bal·​ne·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌbal-nē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce balneology (audio) \
plural balneologies

Medical Definition of balneology

: the science of the therapeutic use of baths


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