[gahy-ni-kol-uh-jee, jin-i-, jahy-ni-]


the branch of medical science that deals with the health maintenance and diseases of women, especially of the reproductive organs. Abbreviation: GYN, gyn

Nearby words

  1. gynecoid,
  2. gynecoid pelvis,
  3. gynecol.,
  4. gynecological,
  5. gynecologist,
  6. gynecomastia,
  7. gynecomorphous,
  8. gynecopathy,
  9. gynephobia,
  10. gynergen

Origin of gynecology

First recorded in 1840–50; gyneco- + -logy

Related formsgyn·e·co·log·ic [jin-i-kuh-loj-ik, gahy-ni-, jahy-ni-] /ˌdʒɪn ɪ kəˈlɒdʒ ɪk, ˌgaɪ nɪ-, ˌdʒaɪ nɪ-/, gyn·e·co·log·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for gynecology



also gynaecology, 1847, from French gynécologie, from Greek gynaik-, comb. form of gyne "woman, female," from PIE *gwen- "woman" (see queen). Second element is from French -logie "study of," from Greek (see -logy). Another word for it was gyniatrics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gynecology


[gī′nĭ-kŏlə-jē, jĭn′ĭ-]


The branch of medicine dealing with the administration of health care to women, especially the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive organs.
Related formsgy′ne•co•logi•cal (-kə-lŏjĭ-kəl) null adj.

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Science definitions for gynecology



The scientific study of the female reproductive system, its diseases, and their treatment.
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Culture definitions for gynecology


[(geye-nuh-kol-uh-jee, jin-uh-kol-uh-jee)]

The branch of medicine devoted to the care of women, and particularly to the study and care of the female reproductive system.

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