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[pee-dee-a-triks, ped-ee-]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the development, care, and diseases of babies and children.

Origin of pediatrics

1880–85; pediatr(ic) (see ped-1, -iatric) + -ics
Related formspe·di·at·ric, adjective
Can be confusedpediatrics podiatry
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  • These female physicians frequently appear as medical writers, especially on gyncology and pediatrics.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • At present he is a professor of pediatrics and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • The same can be said of the Psychological Clinic, Pediatrics, and other technical journals published in this country.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

British Dictionary definitions for pediatrics


  1. the US spelling of paediatrics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pediatrics


1884; from pediatric; see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pediatrics in Medicine


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the development and care of infants and children and the treatment of their diseases.
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pediatrics in Science


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the care of infants and children.
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pediatrics in Culture



The branch of medicine devoted to the study and care of children.

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