gerontology [ jer- uh n- tol- uh-jee, jeer- ] SHOW IPA / ˌdʒɛr ənˈtɒl ə dʒi, ˌdʒɪər- / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the branch of science that deals with aging and the problems of aged persons. Related forms ge·ron·to·log·i·cal , [j uh-ron-tl- oj-i-k uh l] /dʒəˌrɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ adjective ger·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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Examples from the Web for gerontology British Dictionary definitions for gerontology noun the scientific study of ageing and the problems associated with older people Compare geriatrics Derived Forms gerontological ( ˌdʒɛrɒntəˈlɒdʒɪk), əl adjective gerontologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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 n. The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging. Related forms ger′on•tol ′o•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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