so·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy ˌsō-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce somatology (audio)
: a branch of anthropology primarily concerned with the comparative study of human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation
somatological adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of somatology was circa 1878

Dictionary Entries Near somatology

Cite this Entry

“Somatology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


so·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy ˌsō-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce somatology (audio)
plural somatologies
somatological adjective
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