en·​do·​cri·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌen-də-kri-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce endocrinology (audio) , -ˌkrī- \

Definition of endocrinology

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

Other Words from endocrinology

endocrinologist \ ˌen-​də-​kri-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce endocrinology (audio) , -​ˌkrī-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web The main specialties of gender-affirming care — endocrinology and plastic surgery — were founded in the early 1900s, not as a means of transmogrifying gender but rather as tools for reifying it. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Intensive therapy that continued for a full two weeks after delivery eventually turned the situation around, but not without a cross-discipline effort that included specialists in cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology and neonatology. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 What’s more, the innovation that the team applied enabled them to discover that this same method is adaptable for other infectious diseases as well as for early detection screening of various cancers and other endocrinology disorders. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The problem with aging Dr. Rajagopal Viswanath Sekhar, an associate professor of medicine-endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, says that mitochondria can play a vital role in slowing down aging. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 Mar. 2022 During his time at Tufts, he became known as an accomplished investigator in endocrinology as well as for his work in academic health planning. Mark Pratt, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 There are other metabolic challenges to losing weight, said Dr. Rekha Kumar, an associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. NBC News, 27 Jan. 2022 Imaging services, including X-rays and CT scans, will be available, along with specialty services such as women’s health, cardiology, neurology and endocrinology. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2022 Diagnosis and treatment are streamlined and backed by a specialized group of care professionals and medical advisors in reproductive endocrinology, gynecology, nutrition, and holistic wellness. Rachel King, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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- How to pronounce endocrinology (audio) \
plural endocrinologies

Medical Definition of endocrinology

: a science dealing with the endocrine glands

Other Words from endocrinology

endocrinologist \ -​jəst How to pronounce endocrinology (audio) \ noun

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