pediatrics

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pe·di·at·rics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌpē-dē-ˈa-triks\

medical : a branch of medicine that deals with the development, care, and diseases of babies and children

Full Definition of PEDIATRICS

:  a branch of medicine dealing with the development, care, and diseases of children

First Known Use of PEDIATRICS

circa 1857

pe·di·at·rics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PEDIATRICS

: a branch of medicine dealing with the development, care, and diseases of children

Variants of PEDIATRICS

pe·di·at·rics or chiefly British pae·di·at·rics \ˌpēd-ē-ˈa-triks\

pediatrics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical specialty dealing with the development, health, and diseases of children. It became a specialized area of study in the 18th century, when the first children's hospitals were founded. Early pediatricians studied childhood diseases (see Thomas Sydenham) but could do little to cure them. By the mid-20th century, when antibiotics and vaccines had controlled most of these diseases in the developed world and infant and child mortality had fallen, pediatrics changed its focus to normal growth and child development. Recently, behavioral and social aspects of children's health have been incorporated.

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