Definition: Cosmology

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From Medieval Latin cosmologia, from Ancient Greek κόσμος or kósmos (world) + -λογία or -logía (treating of), combination form of -λόγος or -lógos (one who speaks in a certain manner). By surface analysis, cosmo- + -logy.


cosmology (countable and uncountable, plural cosmologies)

  1. The study of the physical universe, its structure, dynamics, origin and evolution, and fate.
  2. A metaphysical study into the origin and nature of the universe.
  3. A particular view (cultural or religious) of the structure and origin of the universe.

Derived terms

  • black hole cosmology
  • concordance cosmology
  • Schwarzschild cosmology

Related terms

  • cosmologist
  • cosmogony
  • cosmological


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