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


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

Origin of gerontology

First recorded in 1900–05; geronto- + -logy

Related forms

ge·ron·to·log·i·cal [juh-ron-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /dʒəˌrɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectiveger·on·tol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gerontology


/ (ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ) /


the scientific study of ageing and the problems associated with older peopleCompare geriatrics

Derived Forms

gerontological (ˌdʒɛrɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivegerontologist, noun
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Medicine definitions for gerontology


[ jĕr′ən-tŏlə-jē ]


The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging.

Related forms

ger′on•tolo•gist n.
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Culture definitions for 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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