[ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee] /ɪˌpɪs təˈmɒl ə dʒi/
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
the theory of knowledge, esp the critical study of its validity, methods, and scope
“theory of knowledge,” 1856, coined by Scottish philosopher James F. Ferrier (1808-1864) from Greek episteme “knowledge,” from Ionic Greek epistasthai “know how to do, understand,” literally “overstand,” from epi “over, near” (see epi-) + histasthai “to stand,” (see histo-).
The scientific (as opposed to philosophical) study of the roots and paths of knowledge is epistemics (1969). Related: Epistemological; epistemologically.
The branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and origin of knowledge. Epistemology asks the question “How do we know what we know?”
noun a love of knowledge, esp. excessive Word Origin Greek episteme ‘knowledge’
episternal ep·i·ster·nal (ěp’ĭ-stûr’nəl) adj.
[ep-uh-pet-l-uh s] /ˌɛp əˈpɛt l əs/ adjective 1. (of a flower) having the stamens attached to the petals. /ˌɛpɪˈpɛtələs/ adjective 1. (botany) (of stamens) attached to the petals
- Epipelagic zone
epipelagic zone (ěp’ə-pə-lāj’ĭk) The uppermost part of the oceanic zone, lying above the mesopelagic zone, that receives enough sunlight to allow photosynthesis. The epipelagic zone can reach depths of about 200 m (656 ft) in tropical and subtropical latitudes and about 100 m (328 ft) in higher latitudes or where upwellings or other conditions cause […]