• WordNet 3.6
    • n teratology the branch of biology concerned with the development of malformations or serious deviations from the normal type of organism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Teratology Affectation of sublimity; bombast.
    • Teratology That branch of biological science which treats of monstrosities, malformations, or deviations from the normal type of structure, either in plants or animals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n teratology Narration of what is marvelous or prodigious; exaggeration in description.
    • n teratology In anat., zoöl., and botany, the science of animal or vegetable monstrosities; that department of biology which treats of malformations, or monstrous or abnormal growths, in the animal or the vegetable kingdom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teratology ter-a-tol′ō-ji the study of malformations or abnormal growths, animal or vegetable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , , a wonder, monster + -logy,: cf. Gr. a telling of wonders, and F. tératologie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. teras, teratos, a monster.


In literature:

From the beginning of the second half of the last century to the present time may be termed the scientific epoch of teratology.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
There is a recognized branch of science familiar to all those who know anything of the studies relating to life, under the name of Teratology.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Teratology, Masters on vegetable.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
TERATOLOGY, the branch of biology which treats of malformations or departures from the normal type.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The artificial production of teratological cases had its rules.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
I am endeavoring to obtain a work by Saint-Hilaire dealing with teratology.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
Be this as it may, teratology owes a very large number of its records to this class of observers.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
This, of course, is a malformation or teratological state.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
This community of embryonic types and this last fact explain repetition of teratologic types or monstrosities in vertebrates.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
No teratological adults were found, indicating that severe infections prevent survival to maturity.
"Geographic Variation in the North American Cyprinid Fish, Hybopsis gracilis" by Leonard J. Olund

In science:

Though one might be tempted to regard both Theorems A and B as teratological, we believe that the techniques of the proofs are interesting in their own right, and potentially useful for other settings.
Expansions of the real field by open sets: definability versus interpretability