Share this entry

bariatrics Syllabification: bar·i·at·rics
Pronunciation: /ˌberēˈatriks/

Definition of bariatrics in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
The branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of obesity.
Example sentences
  • I got a specialist physician in bariatrics, or obesity.
  • Minimally invasive or endoscopic techniques are prevalent in all fields including bariatrics; neurosurgery; ear, nose, and throat surgery; and orthopedics.
  • Our team includes a psychologist, dietician, exercise physiologist, nursing staff and surgeons, all specially trained in bariatrics.


1960s: from baro- + Greek iatros 'physician' + -ics.



Pronunciation: /ˌberēˈatrik/
Example sentences
  • By going through Park Nicollet, they have a whole bariatric department which includes their own dietician, psychologist, physical therapist, etc.
  • The seminar was lead by Teri Barker-Conner, a nurse in the bariatric unit at Park Nicollet.
  • Unfortunately, due to the demand for the bariatric service in recent months, the trust is temporarily not open to new referrals for elective surgery.

Definition of bariatrics in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day haughty
Pronunciation: ˈhɔːti
arrogantly superior and disdainful