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gerontology

[ jer-uhn-tol-uh-jee, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒl ə dʒi, ˌdʒɪər- /
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noun

the branch of science that deals with aging and the problems of aged persons.

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Origin of gerontology

First recorded in 1900–05; geronto- + -logy
ge·ron·to·log·i·cal [juh-ron-tl-oj-i-kuhl], /dʒəˌrɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveger·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gerontology

gerontology
/ (ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the scientific study of ageing and the problems associated with older peopleCompare geriatrics
gerontological (ˌdʒɛrɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivegerontologist, noun
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Medical definitions for gerontology

gerontology
[ jĕr′ən-tŏlə-jē ]

n.

The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging.
ger′on•tolo•gist n.
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Cultural definitions for gerontology

gerontology

A medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of the elderly.

The large number of aging “baby boomers” has increased both the profile and importance of this specialty.
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