from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of the child, theoretical and applied; child-study in its widest sense. The term was apparently introduced by O. Chrisman in 1896. Also paidology.

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  • noun (Med.) Pediatrics.

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  • noun The sub-discipline of soil science that: studies soils as a component of natural systems or deals with soil genesis and soil classification or studies the soil profile or solum in its natural setting.
  • noun The study of the behaviour and development of children.

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  • noun the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children


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Ancient Greek πέδον (pedon, "soil") + -logy.

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pedo- + -logy, from Ancient Greek: παῖς (pais, "child") and -λογία (-logía, "branch of study, to speak").


  • For that matter, the word "pedology" means either the study of child behavior or the study of soil, depending on the context.

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  • His main scientific interests are: forest pedology, influence of plants on pedogenesis, mineral weathering in soil, carbon sequestration in forest soils, effects of forest fires on soil properties.

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  • The tempo of scientific investigation increased rapidly after 1938, with emphasis on specialized fields such as limnology, wildlife management, ecology, pedology and archeology.

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  • Physical Geography itself can be divided into five main sub-fields: climatology, geomorphology, pedology, biogeography, and hydrology.

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  • Irrigation of many soils, including the commonly-occurring silty or sandy loams, is relatively straight forward and does not call for extensive knowledge of pedology on the part of the irrigation engineer.

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  • Soil science, whether edaphology or pedology, is designed to deal with the nature and properties of soils relevant to plant growth.

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  • At Bowie State University, I am studying pedology because I want to become a child psychologist or counselor.

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  • The term "land classification" was - employed, rather than "soil classification. as other factors aside from the type of soil (pedology) were involved, including the cost of bringing water to the particular lands concerned.

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  • One of two main branches of soil science, the other being edaphology. Pedology is the study of soils in their natural environments; it deals with pedogenesis, soil morphology, and soil classification.

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