When I Use A Word …: Got an ology?BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7073.0f (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:f
- Jeff Aronson
- clinical pharmacologist in Oxford
There are about 400 different -ologies listed in Chambers Dictionary, from acar- to zym-, from o- to psychoneuroimmun-. The Greek word logos, from legein meaning to say or read, meant a word, either a word used to express a thought or, by extension, the thought itself. An apologos, literally something that comes from speaking, was a tale, and an apologia was a defence, which is what Plato's Apology was: an …
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