[jer-uh n-tol-uh-jee, jeer-]

Origin of gerontology

First recorded in 1900–05; geronto- + -logy
Related formsge·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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for gerontology


  1. the scientific study of ageing and the problems associated with older peopleCompare geriatrics
Derived Formsgerontological (ˌdʒɛrɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivegerontologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for gerontology

1903, coined in English from Greek geron (genitive gerontos) "old man," from PIE root *gere- "to become ripe, grow old" (cf. Sanskrit jara "old age," jarati "makes frail, causes to age;" Avestan zaurvan "old age;" Ossetic zarond "old man;" Armenian cer "old, old man").

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gerontology in Medicine


  1. The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging.
Related formsger′on•tolo•gist n.
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gerontology in Culture


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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