Definition of thanatology in English:



  • The scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families.

    ‘It's good to come to terms with thanatology as a psychospiritual initiation.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the concepts of hospice and palliative care, pioneered in England by Saunders, and of thanatology, pioneered in the U.S. by Kubler-Ross, emerged, signaling the birth of a new movement.’
    • ‘These course units are for students of thanatology and also to be used as electives for various other programmes.’
    • ‘Graduate students are encouraged to conduct research studies in thanatology.’
    • ‘The National Center for Death Education offers a certificate in the field of thanatology - the study of death and dying, and the grief process.’



/ˌTHanəˈtäləjē/ /ˌθænəˈtɑlədʒi/


Mid 19th century from Greek thanatos ‘death’+ -logy.