geratology

[ jer-uh-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌdʒɛr əˈtɒl ə dʒi /
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noun Biology.

the study of the diminution or decline of life, as in an individual animal or a species approaching extinction.

Origin of geratology

1880–85; gerat- (erroneously taken as the stem of Greek gêras old age) + -o- + -logy

Related forms

ger·a·to·log·ic [jer-uh-tl-oj-ik] /ˌdʒɛr ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, ger·a·tol·o·gous [jer-uh-tol-uh-guh s] /ˌdʒɛr əˈtɒl ə gəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geratology

geratology

/ (ˌdʒɛrəˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the branch of medicine concerned with the elderly and the phenomena associated with ageing; geriatrics and gerontology

Derived Forms

geratological (ˌdʒɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivegeratologist, noun

Word Origin for geratology

C19: from gerato-, from Greek gēras old age + -logy
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