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geratology

[ jer-uh-tol-uh-jee ]

noun

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


geratology

/ ˌdʒɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl; ˌdʒɛrəˈtɒlədʒɪ /

noun

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˌgeraˈtologist, noun
  • geratological, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ger·a·to·log·ic [jer-, uh, -tl-, oj, -ik], ger·a·tol·o·gous [jer-, uh, -, tol, -, uh, -g, uh, s], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geratology1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of geratology1

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

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Example Sentences

Geratology, jer-at-ol′o-ji, n. the science of the phenomena of decadence.

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