nosology

noun

no·​sol·​o·​gy nō-ˈsä-lə-jē How to pronounce nosology (audio) -ˈzä- How to pronounce nosology (audio)
1
: a classification or list of diseases
2
: a branch of medical science that deals with classification of diseases
nosological adjective
or nosologic
nosologically adverb

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin nosologia, from Greek nósos "disease" (of obscure origin) + -o- -o- + New Latin -logia -logy

Note: Attic Greek nósos is paralleled by Homeric and Ionic noûsos, suggesting an earlier *noswos, though the Ionic form (chiefly Herodotus) may be taken from Homer; then the possibility arises that noûsos in Homer should have been read *nóssos, in which case *noswos is out of the question. In any event, neither form leads to a plausible etymology.

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nosology was circa 1721

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Cite this Entry

“Nosology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nosology. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

nosology

noun
no·​sol·​o·​gy nō-ˈsäl-ə-jē How to pronounce nosology (audio) -ˈzäl- How to pronounce nosology (audio)
plural nosologies
1
: a classification or list of diseases
2
: a branch of medical science that deals with classification of diseases
nosological adjective
or nosologic
nosologically adverb
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