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 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 While working, Diane earned an Associates Degree in gerontology, earning high grades and accolades from her professors. courant.com, "Diane Janusz," 31 Oct. 2019 Administrators envision a two-way street, in which older people with experience as doctors, lawyers or musicians become mentors to students, and students use the retirement community as a lab for internship work in, say, gerontology or art therapy. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "At Colleges, What’s Old Is New: Retirees Living on Campus," 10 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual's personality characteristics. chicagotribune.com, "Research finds seniors seem to enjoy longer brain health than in the past," 18 June 2018 Jennifer Ailshire, an assistant professor of gerontology and sociology at USC’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, noted that happiness is often tied to an individual’s personality characteristics. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 Education: Bachelor’s in healthcare administration with a concentration in gerontology from Florida Atlantic University. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of June 25, 2018," 25 June 2018 Two years ago, Eileen Crimmins, AARP chair of gerontology at the University of Southern California's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and colleagues documented this shift in the United States in research using data about adults 65 and older. chicagotribune.com, "Research finds seniors seem to enjoy longer brain health than in the past," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of gerontology

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gerontology was in 1903

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18 Feb 2020

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“Gerontology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gerontology?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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gerontology

noun
How to pronounce gerontology (audio)

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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