Definitions

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

  • noun A series of four related dramatic, operatic, or literary works.
  • noun Medicine A complex of four symptoms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun medicine A combination of four symptoms.

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

  • noun a series of four related works (plays or operas or novels)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek tetralogiā : tetra-, tetra- + -logos, word, saying; see –logy.]

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From tetra- + -logy.

Examples

  • It's very tempting to think and will surely be quite an orgasmic? event, but alas it's only a dream. tetralogy tetralogy*

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  • I can imagine someone saying that the New Sun tetralogy is not to his taste, or that some events in the books were unclear at first reading, but you have cut yourself from some of the finest writing in the English language, certainly the finest in science fiction, if you dismiss this wonder as crap.

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  • Peter Gruber, MD: So it was described as a tetralogy, or four basic problems.

    Tetralogy of Fallot — How TOF Develops

  • Alfred Blalock (160,000 lives saved): This surgeon developed a way to treat a heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot (tet-TRAH-logy of fal-LOH), a condition that prevents a child's blood from getting enough oxygen from the lungs.

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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.

    Literary Life: A Second Memoir

  • I had begun Terms of Endearment, the third volume in what would eventually be the Houston or, if you prefer, Terms tetralogy.

    Literary Life: A Second Memoir

  • Your brother has a dangerous condition called tetralogy of Fallot.

    GUARDIAN OF THE VEIL

  • Socheat suffers from a defect known as tetralogy of Fallot.

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  • 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.

    American Scientist Online

  • 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.

    American Scientist Online

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  • I'm currently reading Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy, Parade's End.

    March 1, 2008

  • I read this at first as teratology.

    March 1, 2008

  • Funny, I read it as quadrilogy.

    March 1, 2008