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Extensive Definition

In zoology, mammalogy is the study of mammals – a class of vertebrates with characteristics such as homeothermic metabolism, fur, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems. Mammalogy has also been known as "mastology," "theriology," and "therology."
Mammalogy branches off into other taxonomically-oriented disciplines such as primatology (study of primates), and cetology (study of cetaceans. There are many more.

Similar words

In English, words ending in -ology or -logy are presumed to refer to scientific study, but words can be created without any reference to any actual field of science. The name of an animal can be rendered in a Greek or Latin form and appended with -ology or -logy to create a Classical compound word, giving the subject the appearance of having the standing of a science. There is no limitation to or supervision of the creation of words in English. Words can be created that appear to refer to a scientific field of study, but do not. Classical compounds are sometimes meant to be humorous (as in "fleaology"). Other non-sciences given names of this form are sometimes used by animal fanciers and breeders. Examples of non-sciences given scientific-sounding names include hippology (used for a 4-H children's contest); cynology (infrequently used by dog trainers and dog fanciers); and felinology (used by cat fanciers.)
mammalogist in Catalan: Mastologia
mammalogist in French: Mammalogie
mammalogist in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Mammalogia
mammalogist in Icelandic: Spendýrafræði
mammalogist in Georgian: თერიოლოგია
mammalogist in Latin: Mammalogia
mammalogist in Lithuanian: Teriologija
mammalogist in Hungarian: Mammalógia
mammalogist in Dutch: Mammalogie
mammalogist in Japanese: 哺乳類学
mammalogist in Norwegian: Mammalogi
mammalogist in Occitan (post 1500): Mamalogia
mammalogist in Polish: Teriologia
mammalogist in Portuguese: Mastozoologia
mammalogist in Romanian: Mammologie
mammalogist in Russian: Териология
mammalogist in Simple English: Mammalogy
mammalogist in Turkish: Mammaloji
mammalogist in Ukrainian: Теріологія
mammalogist in Urdu: ثدییات
mammalogist in Dimli: Mammalociye
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