American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A series of four related dramatic, operatic, or literary works.
- n. Medicine A complex of four symptoms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of four dramatic compositions, three tragic and one satyric, which were exhibited in connection on the Athenian stage for the prize at the festivals of Bacchus. The term has been extended to a group of four operatic works treating of related themes, and intended to be performed in connection.
- n. A set of four works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as four individual works. They are commonly found in literature, film, or video games.
- n. medicine A combination of four symptoms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. Drama) A group or series of four dramatic pieces, three tragedies and one satyric, or comic, piece (or sometimes four tragedies), represented consequently on the Attic stage at the Dionysiac festival.
- n. a series of four related works (plays or operas or novels)
- From tetra- + -logy. (Wiktionary)
- Greek tetralogiā : tetra-, tetra- + -logos, word, saying; see -logy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Peter Gruber, MD: So it was described as a tetralogy, or four basic problems.”
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“I had begun Terms of Endearment, the third volume in what would eventually be the Houston or, if you prefer, Terms tetralogy.”
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“Socheat suffers from a defect known as tetralogy of Fallot.”
“In the congenital condition, called tetralogy of Fallot, a complicated structural defect allows blood returning from the body to the heart to be pumped out again without going to the lungs to be resupplied with oxygen.”
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“I can recommend Tad Williams' "Otherland" tetralogy which is a crossover between fantasy and SF.”
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