(Deepa Iyer, Puducherry)

The ‘a' in the first syllable is like the ‘a' in ‘apple', ‘ant', and ‘cat', while the ‘a' in the second sounds like the ‘a' in ‘china'. The final ‘ology' sounds like the ‘ology' in ‘biology', ‘zoology', and ‘psychology'. The word is pronounced ‘tha-ne-TO-le-ji' with the main stress on the third syllable. The word comes from the Greek ‘thanatos' meaning ‘death'. Thanatology is the scientific study of death.

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