Meaning of mereology in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛrɪˈɒlədʒi/


mass nounPhilosophy
  • The abstract study of the relations between parts and wholes.

    ‘I think that there is work in mereology (the study if identity and the relationship between parts and wholes) that deals with the ‘calculus of individuals’ n terms of things called ‘fusions.’’
    • ‘In addition to the topics discussed, Brentano made important contributions to metaphysics, especially on the relation of substance and accidents, and concerning mereology.’
    • ‘The structure can be described using mereology and how about topological relation of the structure.’
    • ‘This study tries to connect a phenomenologically motivated system of formal mereology with linguistics.’
    • ‘Again, I don't see any issues internal to mathematics that could be affected by mereology in its philosophical sense.’


1930s via Polish mereologia from Greek meros ‘part’ + -logy.