According to Wikipedia teratology (from the Greek words meaning monster or marvel and speech) was first referenced in the 17th century in reference to prodigies and marvels, or of anything so extraordinary as to seem abnormal. In the 19th century, teratology acquired a meaning relating to biological deformities, mostly in the field of botany. Today, teratology refers to the medical study of teratogenesis or congenital malformations. Another term for this is dysmorphology, meaning "the study of abnormal form.
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