gerontology

noun
ger·​on·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌjer-ən-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce gerontology (audio) \

Definition of gerontology

: the comprehensive multidisciplinary study of aging and older adults — compare geriatrics

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Other Words from gerontology

gerontological \ jə-​ˌrän-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce gerontological (audio) \ or less commonly gerontologic \ jə-​ˌrän-​tə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce gerontologic (audio) \ adjective
gerontologist \ ˌjer-​ən-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce gerontologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of gerontology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Barsness, the gerontology consultant, and others in the culture change movement have pushed for reforms would make nursing homes feel more welcoming and less hospital-like. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 Barsness, the gerontology consultant, and others in the culture change movement have pushed for reforms would make nursing homes feel more welcoming and less hospital-like. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "The pandemic has shown how unsafe nursing homes can be. But is there a better option?," 22 June 2020 Jennifer Olszewski, an expert in gerontology at Drexel University, works as a geriatric psychiatric nurse in three nursing homes in the Philadelphia area. Judith Graham, CNN, "Distress in seniors surges amid coronavirus pandemic," 25 May 2020 There can be a greater risk of depression among those who have no social contact or social support, said Lisa Cox, a licensed clinical social worker and professor of social work and gerontology at Stockton University. Julie Halpert, New York Times, "How to Manage Your Loneliness," 20 Apr. 2020 Pillemer, a professor of gerontology at Weill Cornell Medicine, interviewed over 1,000 elders for his 10-year research project. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Readers ask how to help in this time of need," 16 Apr. 2020 Pillemer, a professor of gerontology at Weill Cornell Medicine, interviewed over 1,000 elders for his 10-year research project. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "People ponder ways to give back," 16 Apr. 2020 Led by social worker and gerontology specialist Wendy Adlerstein, the seminar will outline 10 signs to watch for and will also include time for participants to ask questions and share anecdotes. BostonGlobe.com, "www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm," 14 Nov. 2019 In an interview, Valery Novoselov, a geriatrician and the director of the gerontology chapter of the Moscow Society of Naturalists, announced his intention to disprove Calment’s claim to the longevity title. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gerontology

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gerontology

borrowed from French gérontologie, from géronto- geronto- + -logie -logy

Note: The French word was apparently introduced by Élie metchnikoff in Études sur la nature humaine: essai de philosophie optimiste (Paris, 1903), p. 386: "Il nous parait très probable que l'étude scientifique de la vieillesse et de la mort qui devra constituer deux branches de la science, la Gérontologie et la Tanatologie, amènera de grandes modifications dans la marche de la période avancée de la vie." ("It appears very likely to us that the scientific study of old age and death that will have to constitute two branches of science, gerontology and thanatology, will bring about great changes in the course of the last period of life.") The term appears as gerontologija in the the corresponding Russian text (Ètjudy o prirodě čelověka [Moscow, 1904], p. 214).

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“Gerontology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerontology. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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gerontology

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English Language Learners Definition of gerontology

technical : the scientific study of old age and of the process of becoming old

gerontology

noun
ger·​on·​tol·​o·​gy | \ -ə-jē How to pronounce gerontology (audio) \
plural gerontologies

Medical Definition of gerontology

: the comprehensive study of aging and the problems of the aged — compare geriatric sense 1

Other Words from gerontology

gerontological \ jə-​ˌränt-​ᵊl-​ˈäj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce gerontological (audio) \ also gerontologic \ -​ik How to pronounce gerontologic (audio) \ adjective

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