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Disciplines and Subjects related to "-Ologies"

Disciplines listed alphabetically with subjects - includes pronunciations

Anesthesiology (an-es-thEs'-E-al-a-jE)-medical specialty dealing with relief of pain and administration of medicine to relax muscles and render patient unconscious during medical procedures.

Angiology (an-jE-'äl-a-jE)-study of blood vessels and lymph vessels

Bacteriology (bak-"tir-E-'äl-a-jE)-scientific study of bacteria

Biology (bI-'äl-a-jE) - science of living organisms and vital processes

Cardiology (kärd-E-'äl-a-jE)-medical specialty dealing with the heart, its anatomy, normal functions and disorders

Cytology (sI-'täl-a-jE)-science of the structure, function, multiplication, pathology and life history of cells

Cytopathology (sI-'to-pa-'thäl-a-jE)-study of changes at the cellular level caused by disease; cellular pathology

Dermatology (der-ma-'täl-a-jE)-medical specialty concerning the characteristics - anatomic, physiologic and pathologic - and functions of skin; also, the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders

Embryology (em-brE-'al-a-jE)-study of development during the embryonic stage, fertilization to birth

Endocrinology (en-d0-kri-`näl-a-jE)-study of anatomic, physiologic, and pathologic characteristics of the endocrine system of glands; diagnosis and treatment of endocrine disorders

Enzymology(en-zI-'mäl-a-jE)-study of enzymes and enzymatic action

Epidemiology (ep-i-dE-mE-a-'läj-E)-science concerned with incidence and risk of disease & injury in populations for the purpose of control or prevention

Ethology (E-'thäl-a-jE)-scientific study of animal behavior, particularly in their native habitat

Etiology (Et-E-'äl-a-jE )-study or theory of the causes and origins of diseases

Gastroenterology (ga-strO-ent-a-'räl-a-jE)-study of diseases affecting the GI tract including stomach, intestines, gall bladder and bile duct

Gerontology (ger-on-`tal-O-jE)-study of all aspects of the aging process and associated problems

Gynecology (gIn-a-'käl-a-jE)-study of diseases of female reproductive tract

Helminthology(hel-min-'thäl-a-jE)-scientific study of parasitic worms

Hematology (hE-ma-'täl-a-jE)-medical science of blood and blood-forming tissues

Herpetology (her-pE-'täl-a-jE)-branch of zoology specializing in reptiles and amphibians

Histology (his-'täl-a-jE)-branch of anatomy dealing with the minute structure, composition and function of tissues

Immunology (im-mU-'näl-a-jE)-branch of medical science studying phenomena of the body's immune system

Microbiology (mI-krO-bI-'äl-a-jE)-science of microscopic forms of life including algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses

Morphology (mor-'fäl-a-jE)-science of the forms and structures of organisms; physical shape and size of a specimen, plant or animal

Nephrology(ni-'fräl-a-jE)-study of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the kidney

Neurology (nU-'ral-a-jE) branch of medical science dealing with the nervous system, including the brain & its disorders

Odontology (O-dän-'täl-a-jE)-science of the teeth and surrounding structures of the oral cavity

Oncology (än-'käl-a-jE)-medical science pertaining to tumors and malignancies

Ophthalmology (op-thal-'mäl-a-jE)-medical science dealing with anatomy, physiology and pathology of the eye

Osteology (äs-tE-'äl-a-jE)-branch of medicine dealing with development and diseases of bone tissue

Otolaryngology (ah-tO-lar-an-`ga-lä-jE)-study of the medical and surgical treatment of the head and neck, including ears, nose and throat

Otology (ah-`tol-a-jE)-branch of medical science dealing with the treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear

Parasitology (par-a-sa-'täl-a-jE)-scientific study of parasites

Pathology (pa-`thal-a-jE)-study of the characteristics, causes and effects of disease, especially the structural and functional changes produced by it

Pharmacology (fär-ma-'kal-a-jE)-science of drugs and their action on the body

Physiology (fiz-E-'äl-a-jE)-field of science concerning the functions and characteristics of humans and other living organisms

Physiopathology (fiz-E-O-pa-'thäl-a-jE)-study of functions in disease, or as modified by disease

Radiology (rA-dE-`al-a-jE)-medical science dealing with radiant energy and radioactive substances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease

Rheumatology (rü-ma-'täl-a-jE)-study of disorders characterized by inflammation, degeneration or metabolic derangement of connective tissue and related structures of the body.

Theriogenology (thir-E-O-ja-'näl-a-jE)-branch of veterinary medicine dealing with reproduction in animals

Toxicology (toks-a-'käl-a-jE)-scientific study of poisons, their actions, detection and treatment of conditions produced by them

Urology (ur-äl-a-jE)-medical specialty concerning with the anatomy, physiology, disorders and care of the urinary tract in both men and women, and of the male genital organs

Virology (vI-'räl-a-jE)-branch of microbiology concerned with viruses and viral diseases

Zoology (zO-'äl-a-jE)-the biology of animals, other than humans

Note: pronunciations from MEDLINEplus access to Merriam -Webster Medical Dictionary. U.S. National Library of Health and National Institutes of Health. Site viewed on 8/4/2003.


Subjects listed alphabetically with disciplines

Aging, process and associated problems Gerontology

     Biology of


     reproduction in


     behavior of

Inflammatory diseases, arthritis & connective tissue disorders Rheumatology
Bacteria Bacteriology
Bile duct, see Gastrointestinal tract  

     and blood-forming tissues


     vessels and lymph vessels

Bones, development & diseases of Osteology
Cells - changes in, caused by disease Cytopathology

     structure, function, multiplication, pathology and life history


     incidence and risk


     causes and origins


     essential nature & effects

Drugs, action on the body Pharmacology
Ears Otology
Embryos, development of from fertilization to birth Embryology
Endocrine system - glands & hormones Endocrinology
Enzymes and their action Enzymology
Eyes Ophthalmology
Gall bladder, see Gastrointestinal tract  
Gastrointestinal tract, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, bile duct Gastroenterology
Genital organs, male Urology
Head & neck region including ears, nose and throat Otolaryngology
Heart - anatomy, normal functions & disorders Cardiology
Hormones, see Endocrine system  
Immune system Immunology
Intestines, see Gastrointestinal tract  
Kidneys, study of Nephrology
Nervous system, including the brain Neurology
Organisms, living -  

     forms & structures


     functions & characteristics


     vital processes



Pain, relief of during illness or medical procedures Anesthesiology
Parasites Parasitology

     Parasitic worms

Poisons Toxicology
Radiant energy, see Radioactive substances  
Radioactive substances in diagnosis & treatment of disease Radiology
Reproductive system, female Gynecology
Skin -  

     characteristics - anatomic, physiologic and pathologic;


     diagnosis & treatment of disorders

Stomach, see Gastrointestinal tract  
Teeth, including surrounding tissues of the oral cavity Odontology
Tissues, structure, composition, function Histology
Tumors, including malignancies Oncology
Urinary tract, male & female Urology
Viruses and viral diseases Virology