nosology

noun
no·​sol·​o·​gy | \ nō-ˈsä-lə-jē How to pronounce nosology (audio) , -ˈzä- How to pronounce nosology (audio) \

Definition of nosology

1 : a classification or list of diseases
2 : a branch of medical science that deals with classification of diseases

Other Words from nosology

nosological \ ˌnō-​sə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce nosological (audio) \ or nosologic \ ˌnō-​sə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce nosologic (audio) \ adjective
nosologically \ ˌnō-​sə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nosologically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of nosology

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nosology

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.

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“Nosology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nosology. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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nosology

noun
no·​sol·​o·​gy | \ nō-ˈsäl-ə-jē How to pronounce nosology (audio) , -ˈzäl- How to pronounce nosology (audio) \
plural nosologies

Medical Definition of nosology

1 : a classification or list of diseases
2 : a branch of medical science that deals with classification of diseases

Other Words from nosology

nosological \ ˌnō-​sə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce nosological (audio) \ or nosologic \ -​ik How to pronounce nosologic (audio) \ adjective
nosologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nosologically (audio) \ adverb

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