Definition of Thanatology
(noun) The study of death and dying.
Example of Thanatology
- A thanatologist interested in the social aspects of death could research the funeral home industry or rituals related to death (e.g., burial, cremation).
- American English – /than-uh-tAHl-uh-jee/
- British English – /than-uh-tOl-uh-jee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /θænəˈtɔləʤi/
- British English – /θanəˈtɒlədʒi/
- Thanatology focuses on all aspects of death, including: aging, coping mechanisms, grief, and rituals.
- Postmortem means “after death” and antemortem means “before death.”
- A (noun) thanatologist studies (adjective) thanatological topics such as (noun) thanatomania (the belief that one is fated to die because of being cursed), (noun) thanatophilia (fascination of death that a (noun) thanatophile exhibits), or (noun) thanatophobia (the fear of death).
- Death and Dying Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “thanatology” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “thanatology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved July 28, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/thanatology/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
thanatology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/thanatology/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “thanatology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed July 28, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/thanatology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“thanatology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Jul. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/thanatology/>.