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balneology

(băl′nē-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The science of baths or bathing, especially the study of the therapeutic use of thermal baths.
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bal·ne·ol·o·gy

(bal'nē-ol'ŏ-jē)
The science of the therapeutic use of baths.
[L. balneum, bath, + G. logos, study, discourse]
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balneology

The study of balneotherapy-medical treatment employing mineral baths. There is grave doubt as to whether balneology can be classified as a science.
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