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 endocrinology (audio) , -​ˌkrī-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue a doctorate in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley, had an immense impact on Harris and her sister, Maya. NBC News, "Harris makes history as first female, Black, South Asian American VP-elect," 7 Nov. 2020 The decision came from the hospital’s behavioral health, endocrinology and urology program. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Boston Children’s Hospital will no longer perform two types of intersex surgery on children," 22 Oct. 2020 After studying social and political science at Cambridge, Greenhalgh qualified in medicine at Oxford and then embarked on a career in primary care, with a research focus in endocrinology and a passion for teaching. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Science | AAAS, "Act now, wait for perfect evidence later, says ‘high priestess’ of U.K. COVID-19 masking campaign," 15 Oct. 2020 Marcelle Cedars, professor and director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UCSF is heading up a study called Aspire, for Assessing the Safety of Pregnancy in the Coronavirus Pandemic. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About Covid-19 and Pregnancy," 12 Oct. 2020 Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, emigrated from India in 1960 to attend the University of California, Berkeley and pursue a doctorate in endocrinology. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Get to know Kamala Harris' family," 14 Aug. 2020 Some specialties also do quite well, including oncology, which would receive a 14% increase, and endocrinology, which would get an increase of 17%. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "Proposed payment rule threatens to spark political battle among phyisicians," 10 Aug. 2020 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 Using this type of insulin should be a last-ditch effort, according to Dr. Kupper Wintergerst, chief of pediatric endocrinology and director of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at the University of Louisville and Norton Children's Hospital. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky House bill to make insulin more affordable won't help every diabetic. Here's why," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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