Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of fecal excrement, as in medicine, paleontology, or biology.
  • noun Obscene language or literature, especially that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of fossil excrement; the knowledge of animals which may be acquired by the examination of coprolites.
  • noun Study of the feces in relation to normal and pathological composition and the diagnostic importance of the latter.
  • noun The study of the use (or examination) of excrements in religious rites, witchcraft, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The scientific study, or the chemical analysis of faeces.
  • noun A filthy epithet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a preoccupation with obscenity (especially that dealing with excrement or excretory functions)
  • noun (medicine) the chemical analysis of excrement (for medical diagnosis or for paleontological purposes)

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek σκῶρ (skōr, "excrement") + -ology.

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