mass noun
1 The study of medicinal springs and the therapeutic effects of bathing in them.
1.1 another term for balneotherapyOrigin
Mid 19th century: from Latin balneum ‘bath’ + -logy.


Though less of academic interest these days, balnelogy remains as part of studying the positive effects of spas in general.


I’ve never been to a spa. I’ve been to the pool to swim, and a lake, and a river and the ocean. I’ve enjoyed the experience each time. Maybe there’s some value in “medicinal” baths, but there’s no doubt, humans seem to enjoy getting into water.

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