gerontology

[ jer-uh n-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.

Nearby words

  1. gerontic,
  2. geronto-,
  3. gerontocracy,
  4. gerontogeous,
  5. gerontologist,
  6. gerontomorphosis,
  7. gerontophobia,
  8. gerontoxon,
  9. gerota's capsule,
  10. gerry

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

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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
Derived Formsgerontological (ˌdʒɛrɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivegerontologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for gerontology

gerontology

n.

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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Medicine 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.
Related formsger′on•tolo•gist n.


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Culture definitions for gerontology

gerontology

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

Note

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

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