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-ologies

Fields of Study

A word ending with the suffix -ology usually describes a field of study or an academic discipline. The following table lists the many technical names for the study of various scientific subject matters

-ology The study of...
Acarologyticks and mites
Actinologythe effect of light on chemicals
Aetiologythe medical study of the causation of disease
Algologyalgae
Andrologymale health and disease
Anesthesiologyanesthesia and anesthetics
Angiologythe anatomy of blood and lymph vascular systems
Anthropologyhumans
Arachnologyspiders and their kin
Archaeologystudy of past human life
Astrologystars influences on human affairs
Audiologyhearing
Bacteriologybacteria
Biologylife
Campanologythe study and the art of bell ringing
Cardiologythe heart
Carpologythe structure of seeds and fruit
Cerealogycrop circles
Cetologymarine mammals
Climatologythe climate
Conchologyshells and of molluscs
Cosmologythe cosmos or our place in it.
Craniologythe characteristics of the skull
Criminologythe scientific study of crime.
Cryptologyhow to encrypt and decrypt secret messages
Cryptozoologyanimals that may or may not be mythical
Cytologybiological cells
Demonologydemons
Dendrochronologythe age of trees and the records in their rings
Dendrologytrees
Dermatologyskin
Dialectologydialects
EcclesiologyChurch architecture and decoration
Ecologyenvironment
Egyptologythe ancient Egyptians
Embryologyembryos
Endocrinologyhormones
Entomologyinsects
Enzymologyenzymes
Epidemiologyepidemics
Ethologyanimal behaviour
Etymologyword origins
Gemologygemstones
Geologythe Earth
Gerontologyold age
Glaciologyglaciers
Gynaecologymedicine relating to women
Haematologyblood
Heliologythe Sun
Helminthologyparasitic worms
Hepatologythe liver
Herbologythe therapeutic use of plants
Herpetologyreptiles and amphibians
Histologyliving tissues
Hydrologywater
Ichthyologyfish
Immunologythe immune system
Kinesiologymovement in relation to human anatomy
Kymatologywaves or wave motions
Limnologyfresh water environments, lakes
Lithologyrocks
Mammologymammals
Meteorologyweather
Metrologymeasurement
Microbiologymicroorganisms and their effects on humans
Mineralogyminerals
Mycologyfungi
Myologymuscles
Myrmecologyants
Mythologymyths
Nephologyclouds
Nephrologythe kidneys and their diseases
Neurologynerves
Neuropathologyneural diseases
Neurophysiologythe functions of the nervous system
Oncologycancer
Ontologyexistence
Oologyeggs
Ophthalmologythe eyes
Ornithologybirds
Orologymountains and their mapping
Osteologybones
Otologythe ear
Palaentologyancient creatures
Palynologypollen
Parasitologyparasites
Pathologyillness
Pedologysoil
Pharmacologydrugs
Phonologyvocal sounds
Phrenologythe derivation of a persons character traits from shape of skull
Physiologybodily functions
Phytologyplants; botany
Planktologyplankton
Psychologymental processes in humans
Radiologyradiation
Rhinologythe nose and its diseases
Seismologyearthquakes
Selenologythe moon
Serologyblood serum
Sociologysociety
Speleologythe study or exploration of caves
TheologyReligion
Toxicologytoxins, poisons
Urologythe urogenital tract
Vexillologyflags
Virologyviruses
Volcanologyvolcanoes
Xylologywood
Zoologyanimals
Zymologyfermentation

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