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Definition of Thanatology

Thanatology: The study of death and dying, including the medical, psychological, and sociologic aspects of it. Each society has its own responses to death and dying. From the Greek thanatos meaning death + -logy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=38660
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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