en·​do·​cri·​nol·​o·​gy ˌen-də-kri-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce endocrinology (audio)
: a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function, and disorders of the endocrine glands
endocrinologist noun

Examples of endocrinology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Confused and a little concerned, Max’s dad called the endocrinology clinic’s office and was told by an administrative staff member that his son could no longer get hormone therapy at MUSC. Aliyya Swaby, ProPublica, 6 Dec. 2023 Hashimoto’s is a common, manageable disease according to Dr. Terry Davies, a professor of medicine and director of the division of endocrinology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Services offered include endocrinology, orthopedics, gastroenterology and onsite laboratory and X-ray services. Megan Becka, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 According to Vineeth Mohan, M.D., an endocrinologist and chairman in the department of endocrinology and metabolism at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital in Florida, people have different tolerances to temperature and there’s a great degree of normal variation. Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 28 Aug. 2023 Consistent exercise is better than none at all, said Jason Ng, MD, a clinical associate professor of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 26 July 2023 Cincinnati Children’s was named in the top 10 of each of these areas and No. 1 in cancer care, diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology and urology. The Enquirer, 21 June 2023 Kathryn Tierney, an endocrinology specialist and medical director of the Middlesex Health Center for Gender Medicine and Wellness in Middletown, said some of her patients have paid thousands of dollars upfront for gender-affirming surgery while appealing insurance company denials. Kate Farrish, Hartford Courant, 7 Sep. 2022 Medically speaking, the humors today translate as endocrinology and neurology, two fields based on chemical and hormonal balance; two fields that are comparatively uncharted. Mina Seçkin, refinery29.com, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


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).

First Known Use

circa 1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of endocrinology was circa 1913

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Medical Definition


en·​do·​cri·​nol·​o·​gy ˌen-də-kri-ˈnäl-ə-jē, -ˌkrī- How to pronounce endocrinology (audio)
plural endocrinologies
: a science dealing with the endocrine glands
endocrinologist noun

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