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Greek τέρατος, genitive of τέρας (marvel, monster), + -logy


teratology (countable and uncountable, plural teratologies)

  1. (medicine) The study of teratogenesis, congenital malformations or grossly deformed individuals.
  2. (toxicology) The study of the mechanisms, teratogenic agents, or teratogens, in bringing about malformations.
  3. The study or cataloging of monsters.
    • 2001, Richard Kearney, The God who May be: A Hermeneutics of Religion, →ISBN, page 33:
      ...I would identify a more recent and widespread tendency to remove evil from the realm of a properly human interpretation: what I call a postmodern teratology of the sublime.
    • 2010, Dongshin Yi, A Genealogy of Cyborgothic, page 7:
      Despite being productive in embodying and critiquing human problems, however, the incorporation of the cyborg into teratology overlooks one important aspect that distinguishes this cybernetic creature from the rest of the monster phylum: we are able to choose how to fabricate and use the cyborg.
    • 2014, Theresa L. Geller, Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture, page 226:
      In this way, this analysis has aimed at expanding gaga feminism by undertaking a critical teratology, that is, of course, the study of monsters
    • 2014, Maria Beville, The Unnameable Monster in Literature and Film, page 76:
      Miranda Francus notes that in the West, the image of the fecund female has often been associated with monstrosity: 'misogyny and teratology have always met in the image of the maternal monster'.

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  • teratology in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911