278. Monsters


See also 286. MYTHOLOGY .

dysmorphophobia
an abnormal dread of deformity, usually in others.
monstrosity
1. the state or quality of being monstrous.
2. a monster or monsterlike thing or person. —monstrous , adj.
prodigiosity
1. the state, quality, or phenomenon of being immense, wondrous, or extraordinary.
2. a prodigious thing, person, or event.
teratism
a love of monsters or marvels. Also called teratosis .
teratoid
Biology. resembling a monster.
teratology
1. the writing or collecting of fantasies containing monsters and prodigies.
2. Biology. the scientific study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in plants or animals. —teratologist , n. —teratological , adj.
teratophobia
an abnormal fear of monsters or of giving birth to a monster.
teratosis
teratism.

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