en·​do·​cri·​nol·​o·​gy | \ˌen-də-kri-ˈnä-lə-jē, -ˌkrī-\

Definition of endocrinology 

: a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function, and disorders of the endocrine glands

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endocrinologist \ ˌen-​də-​kri-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist , -​ˌkrī-​ \ noun

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All the activities are monitored by Nicklaus pediatric endocrinology nurses to ensure a safe and healthy environment, according to a news release. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Diabetic children learn about nutrition and keeping healthy at Camp Roaring Sun," 10 July 2018 Patients can also see doctors for primary care as well as specialties such as cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology and surgery. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF Health posts $5.8M loss, has high risk of doctor turnover, report finds," 2 July 2018 John Morris, a professor of endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic medical school and immediate past president of the American Thyroid Association, says patients should never be given thyroid if their level is normal. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "'25 Again' doctor’s license on the line in attack on hormone therapy," 14 June 2018 The couple -- Michele is a doctor of endocrinology and Max is a pediatric nurse -- live in Denver and connected on a Jewish dating web site. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Couple falls in love in New Orleans, returns for spectacular wedding," 6 May 2018 Spirtos has never heard of an incident like the one at UH in his 30 years as a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Organizations investigate University Hospitals' fertility clinic after freezer malfunction," 13 Mar. 2018 For example, endocrinologists who worked exclusively with adults said they were forced to answer questions about endocrinology for children, even though the pediatric information was irrelevant to their practices. Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, "The Ugly Civil War in American Medicine," 10 Mar. 2015 His father is an endocrinologist in private practice and the chief of endocrinology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Mr. Loft, 34, is a lawyer for the Manhattan law firm Alston & Bird. David Fishman, New York Times, "David Fishman, Kolby Loft," 25 Feb. 2018 The 94,000 square-foot facility in the Village at Valley Forge development will offer primary care, cardiology and cardiac testing, endocrinology, neurology, general surgery, orthopedics, imaging, physical therapy, and lab services, Main Line said. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Main Line Health building $32M health center in King of Prussia," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of endocrinology

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for endocrinology

probably borrowed from Italian endocrinologia, from endocrine endocrine entry 1 + -o- -o- + -logia -logy

Note: According to some sources coined by the Italian physician Nicola Pende (1880-1970) in 1909 (e.g., in Garabed Eknoyan, "Emergence of the concept of endocrine function and endocrinology," Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, vol. 11, no. 4 [October, 2004], p. 375), though without bibliographic citation. Pende used the word in the title of his treatise Endocrinologia: patologia e clinica degli organi a secrezione interna (Milan and Bologna, 1916).

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en·​do·​cri·​nol·​o·​gy | \ˌen-də-kri-ˈnäl-ə-jē, -ˌkrī- \
plural endocrinologies

Medical Definition of endocrinology 

: a science dealing with the endocrine glands

Other Words from endocrinology

endocrinologist \ -​jəst \ noun

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