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1[mass noun] The study of medicinal springs and the therapeutic effects of bathing in them.
- ‘Modern balneology started in the beginning of the 20th century after a thorough study of mud and lye properties.’
- ‘This means that Bulgaria ranks amongst the leading countries in the world in terms of balneology.’
- ‘Shuleva and her German counterpart further mapped out prospects to exchange experience in balneology.’
- ‘It is sad to view balneology tourism as a medical practice, based on the origin of the word balneology (in medicine).’
- ‘Gradually, the accent on recreational tourism promotion has changed, towards specialised forms of tourism - cultural, historical, balneology, village and ecological tourism.’
- 1.1another term for balneotherapy
Mid 19th century: from Latin balneum bath + -logy.
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