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

Examples of gerontology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is no single key to longevity, though the gerontology researcher said there are a few commonalities. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "At 113, she’s California’s oldest native. She got through a tough 2020 and is still going strong," 21 Feb. 2021 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 According to a gerontology site that tracks such things, two 108-year-old Americans are confirmed to have survived the coronavirus and seven other Americans aged 107 or older have done so. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, "She beat the Spanish flu, and now 107-year-old New Jersey woman beat COVID-19," 11 Aug. 2020 After the gap year, Brosnan plans to enroll at WSU or MSU to major in gerontology, the study of old age. Astana Gaffney, Detroit Free Press, "Take a gap year? Virtual 'U'? Live on campus? The decisions high school grads are making.," 10 Aug. 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, 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, 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, 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, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 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 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 8 Mar. 2021.

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gerontology

noun

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 gerontology (audio) \ also gerontologic \ -​ik How to pronounce gerontology (audio) \ adjective

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