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The zoology of whales and related aquatic mammals.

[Latin cētus, whale; see Cetus + -logy.]

ce′to·log′i·cal (sēt′l-ŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
ce·tol′o·gist n.


(Zoology) the branch of zoology concerned with the study of whales (cetaceans)
[C19: from Latin cētus whale]
cetological adj
ceˈtologist n


(siˈtɒl ə dʒi)

the branch of zoology dealing with whales and dolphins.
[1850–55; < Greek kêto(s) whale + -logy]
ce•to•log•i•cal (ˌsit lˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
ce•tol′o•gist, n.


the study of whales. — cetologist, n.cetological, adj.
See also: Biology
the study of whales. — cetologist, n.
See also: Zoology


A branch of zoology that deals with the study of whales and other cetaceans.
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As cetologists continue to use biopsies to assess pregnancy patterns, they should be cognizant of the potential biases associated with biopsies of bowriding animals.
As regards whales, an analogous conclusion came from a 2001 study where, on the basis of a review of the existing literature, two leading cetologists, after defining culture as information or behavior acquired directly from conspecifics through forms of social learning, claim that there is no evidence supporting a cultural dichotomy between humans and nonhumans, and that observational studies of behavior, vocalizations and populations together offer strong proof that cetaceans "do have culture" (Rendell and Whitehead 382).