Definition of balneology in English:



mass noun
  • 1The study of medicinal springs and the therapeutic effects of bathing in them.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Modern balneology started in the beginning of the 20th century after a thorough study of mud and lye properties.’
    • ‘Shuleva and her German counterpart further mapped out prospects to exchange experience in balneology.’
    • ‘This means that Bulgaria ranks amongst the leading countries in the world in terms of balneology.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for balneotherapy


Mid 19th century from Latin balneum ‘bath’ + -logy.