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gerontology

Syllabification: ger·on·tol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌjerənˈtäləjē
 
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Definition of gerontology in English:

noun

The scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people.
Example sentences
  • She is assistant director of academic programs for the UCLA multicampus program in geriatric medicine and gerontology.
  • This spells out the practical applications of the scientific knowledge currently available in the areas of gerontology and geriatrics.
  • Geriatrics and gerontology continue to be a fertile ground for research, and this manual provides readers with recent research in this field.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek gerōn, geront- 'old man' + -logy.

Derivatives

gerontological

1
Pronunciation: /jəˌräntlˈäjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Educational presentations reflected the diverse specialty of gerontological nursing.
  • She received a master of nursing from the University of Calgary in 1998, and a Canadian Nurse Certification in gerontological nursing in 2001.
  • Lynn had exceptional skills in her chosen field of gerontological nutrition.

gerontologist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Three reviewers, a nurse, a social worker, and a gerontologist, independently coded the data.
  • The participants in the study were accessed through the referrals of gerontologists known to the researcher.
  • The reason the power establishment wants to suppress stem-cell technology is because it puts in danger the disease-based model of medicine that gerontologists rely on.

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