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A c. 1899 photograph of the Hungarian-American escapologist Harry Houdini (1874–1926) in chains


escape +‎ -ology.



escapology (usually uncountable, plural escapologies)

  1. The study or art of escaping from a constriction, such as a rope, handcuffs, etc.
    • 2001 October 1, M. Lucas [et al.]; U. Karrer; A. Lucas; P. Klenerman, “Viral Escape Mechanisms – Escapology Taught by Viruses”, in International Journal of Experimental Pathology[1], volume 82, number 5, archived from the original on 4 August 2015, abstract, pages 269–286 at 269:
      Viruses have ‘studied’ immunology over millions of years of coevolution with their hosts. During this ongoing education they have developed countless mechanisms to escape from the host's immune system. [] These escape strategies have been described as ‘camouflage’ and ‘sabotage’. Using these simple concepts we describe the spectrum of viral escapology []

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