bariatrics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bar·​iat·​rics | \ ˌber-ē-ˈa-triks How to pronounce bariatrics (audio) , ˌba-rē- \

Definition of bariatrics

: a branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of obesity Bariatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with obesity.— Paul Jones … the center has the resources to perform safe bariatric surgery, and has demonstrated excellent short and long-term outcomes with a full range of services dedicated to bariatrics.— Ajay Goyal

First Known Use of bariatrics

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bariatrics

bar- + -iatrics

Note: According to the blog ConscienHealth (conscienhealth.org), August 1, 2015, the word bariatrics was coined by the physician Raymond E. Dietz in 1961. The professional organization with which he was associated, formed as the National Obesity Society in 1950, later became the National Glandular Society, then the American College of Endocrinology and Nutrition, and the American Society of Bariatrics by 1963 (later the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, then the Obesity Medicine Association in 2015). The word bariatric can be found earlier in the name of a corporate entity, the Bariatric Corporation of Coral Gables, Florida, which introduced a weight reduction drug neo-barine in 1958 (withdrawn by order of the Food and Drug Administration in 1964). There appears to be no connection between the Bariatric Corporation and Raymond Dietz.

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“Bariatrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bariatrics. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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bariatrics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bar·​iat·​rics | \ ˌbar-ē-ˈa-triks How to pronounce bariatrics (audio) \

Medical Definition of bariatrics

: a branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of obesity

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