Definition of teratology in English:



  • 1Biology Medicine
    The scientific study of congenital abnormalities and abnormal formations.

    ‘he has made a long study of teratology’
    [count noun] figurative ‘the teratologies of human corruption’
    • ‘Genomics is unlikely to be of use in teratology studies because of the rapid rate of change in the developing organism.’
    • ‘It is also forging links with medically oriented areas of developmental biology such as teratology and endocrine disruption.’
    • ‘Rejecting the notion that freaks were sports of nature, Saint - Hilaire argued that teratology (the medical study of congenital monstrosity) should link normal and abnormal development.’
  • 2Mythology relating to fantastic creatures and monsters.