pe·​di·​a·​tri·​cian ˌpē-dē-ə-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce pediatrician (audio)
variants or less commonly pediatrist
ˌpē-dē-ˈa-trist How to pronounce pediatrician (audio)
: a specialist in pediatrics

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Related: Fourth candidate jumps into Manchester mayoral race At the top of the list are former four-term Governor John Lynch and his wife, Dr. Susan Lynch, a pediatrician, of Hopkinton. Steven Porter,, 1 May 2023 Parents are advised to talk with pediatricians before using the hormone, which the American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 25 Apr. 2023 Our pediatrician came to meet Riley the day after he was born and assured us that a lot of babies go through this and that Riley would make progress and come home to us. Jeff Nelson, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2023 Dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians all highly suggest this hypoallergenic product. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2023 Misuse of stimulants could become more common as children face rising rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders, said Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who was not involved in the study. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 18 Apr. 2023 At the checkup, pediatricians should also ask caregivers about their tobacco habits and make recommendations. Jen Christensen, CNN, 17 Apr. 2023 Always be sure to check with your healthcare provider and/or pediatrician for the best advice for your child. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 6 Mar. 2023 That's because a baby’s kidneys are developing in the first six months and cannot handle much water, said Dr. Hailey Nelson, a pediatrician at Valley Children’s Healthcare in California. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pediatrician was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Pediatrician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


pe·​di·​a·​tri·​cian ˌpēd-ē-ə-ˈtrish-ən How to pronounce pediatrician (audio)
: a doctor who specializes in pediatrics

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British paediatrician
: a specialist in pediatrics

called also pediatrist

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