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

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

Examples of endocrinology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or in orthopedics or endocrinology with a child with broken bones. NBC News, "How to stop doctors from misdiagnosing child abuse? Don't rely on just one opinion, experts say," 13 Dec. 2019 After completing his medical internship and residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Bardin joined the endocrinology research program at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — C. Wayne Bardin, a groundbreaking researcher in reproductive physiology, who was instrumental in the development of long-acting contraceptive methods — including Norplant, Jadelle and Mirena — used by millions of women around the world, died on Oct. 10 at his home in New York. He was 85.," 15 Nov. 2019 After completing his medical internship and residency training at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Bardin joined the endocrinology research program at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, Innovative Researcher on Birth Control, Dies," 14 Nov. 2019 Right now, the facility operates clinics for behavioral health, cardiology, chemotherapy, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonary and more. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Jefferson County approves UAB Healthcare Authority takeover of Cooper Green," 13 Nov. 2019 Two primary care doctors will oversee the facility with nine exam rooms along with rotating specialists in six other rooms for cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, pulmonology and surgery. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland, "Mercy Health Avon grand re-opening," 12 Nov. 2019 Our bodies are typically pretty great at keeping our blood sugar in perfect balance, Deena Adimoolam, M.D., assistant professor of endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells SELF. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "10 Signs and Symptoms of High Blood Sugar to Be Aware Of," 6 Nov. 2019 Shyamala Gopalan, Harris’ mother, came from India to get a Ph.D. in nutrition and endocrinology, while Donald Harris, her father, came from Jamaica to study economics. Molly Ball, Time, "Kamala Harris Is Making Her Case. But Can She Stand Out in a Crowded Field?," 3 Oct. 2019 Nationally, the hospital ranked 45th in diabetes and endocrinology. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Adventist Health Glendale makes top 10 regional list in time for blessing of the grapes," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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“Endocrinology.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endocrinology. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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

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

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