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In Greek mythology, Thanatos was the personification of death and the twin brother of Hypnos (Sleep). The ancient Greeks eventually came to use thanatos as a generic word for "death." Thanatology is a direct linguistic heir of the Greek term and was first documented in English in the mid-1800s. As a science, thanatology examines attitudes toward death, the meaning and behaviors of bereavement and grief, and other matters. In 1935, the word thanatos itself made its debut in English, ushered in with psychoanalytic theory to describe an unconscious tendency toward self-destruction.
Origin and Etymology of thanatology
First Known Use: circa 1842See Words from the same year
medical Definition of thanatology
thanatologicalplay \ˌthan-ət-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ adjective
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