pe·​di·​at·​ric ˌpē-dē-ˈa-trik How to pronounce pediatric (audio)
: of, relating to, or specializing in pediatrics or its practice
pediatric dermatology
a pediatric nurse
: of, relating to, affecting, or being an infant, child, or adolescent
pediatric patients
pediatric cancers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The hospital duo also plans to construct a new pediatric hospital campus where the Bass Center buildings are currently located on UT Southwestern Medical Center’s campus. Dallas News, 2 Mar. 2023 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is competing against three other pediatric hospitals to raise donations ahead of this Sunday's NFL playoff games. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 28 Jan. 2023 Doctors at Cooks Children’s Medical Center this week successfully separated the sisters AmieLynn Rose and JamieLynn Rae Finley during a complex 11-hour procedure that marked a surgical first for the Fort Worth pediatric hospital. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Jan. 2023 Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and is one of the ten busiest pediatric hospitals in the United States. Mark Heim |, al, 18 Jan. 2023 While the death rate for children has remained extremely low, the strain on pediatric hospitals echoes those of facilities for adults a year ago due to COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2023 As of Thursday, data from the Department of Health and Human Services showed that pediatric hospital beds nationwide — which include children hospitalized with Covid, RSV or flu, among other illnesses — were 66% full, down from 69% a week ago. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 30 Dec. 2022 The study compared the number of children admitted to pediatric hospitals in the period leading up to the pandemic to the period starting in April 2020 as the pandemic reached its peak. Theara Coleman, The Week, 20 Dec. 2022 Meanwhile, the brutal respiratory virus season is continuing to strain pediatric hospitals. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pediatric was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Pediatric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British paediatric
: of, relating to, or specializing in pediatrics or its practice
a pediatric nurse
pediatric oncology
: of, relating to, affecting, or being an infant, child, or adolescent
a pediatric patient
pediatric fractures

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