Definitions for balneologyˌbæl niˈɒl ə dʒi
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bal•ne•ol•o•gyˌbæl niˈɒl ə dʒi(n.)
the study of the therapeutic effects of baths and bathing.
Origin of balneology:
1880–85; < L balneum bath
The study of baths and bathing, especially therapeutic bathing.
a treatise on baths; the science of bathing
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Therapy by various hot or warm baths in natural mineral waters, spas, or "cures". It includes not only bathing in, but also drinking the waters, but it does not include whirlpool baths (HYDROTHERAPY).