pe·​di·​at·​rics | \ ˌpē-dē-ˈa-triks How to pronounce pediatrics (audio) \

Definition of pediatrics

: a branch of medicine dealing with the development, care, and diseases of infants, children, and adolescents

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Recent Examples on the Web The chaos of early spring actually created a lull in referrals for treatment at the beginning of quarantine, said Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCSF who is also an expert in eating disorders. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic fueling a sharp rise in eating disorders, Bay Area experts say," 19 Jan. 2021 Daniel Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine, is part of a collective of scientists advising North Carolina schools. Washington Post, "Are schools safe? A growing body of evidence suggests that, with the right measures, they contribute little to virus spread.," 30 Dec. 2020 Daniel Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at the Duke University School of Medicine, is part of a collective of scientists advising North Carolina schools. Moriah Balingit, Anchorage Daily News, "Growing evidence suggests schools contribute little to virus spread, if they have the right rules in place," 30 Dec. 2020 During those and subsequent decades, the practice of pediatrics changed dramatically as vaccines were perfected for one after another of these common but serious childhood illnesses. Sean Palfrey, STAT, "In the shadow of Covid-19 lurks the threat of a fearful measles outbreak," 19 Dec. 2020 Cody Meissner, chief of pediatrics at Tufts University Medical Center and one of the FDA advisory committee members, told NPR that 163 participants in the trial were 16-17 year olds. Popular Science, "What to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before it reaches you," 14 Dec. 2020 Even before any vaccine is available, some people are trying to boost their chances of access, said Dr. Allison Kempe, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and expert in vaccine dissemination. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "As COVID-19 vaccines near release, experts expect a shift in Americans’ attitudes: from dismissal to demand," 8 Dec. 2020 Grace Lee, a member of a federal advisory vaccine safety task force and a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, said multiple systems track vaccine safety and each has strengths and limitations. Washington Post, "New smartphone tool to track side effects of the coronavirus vaccine may be vulnerable to manipulation," 7 Dec. 2020 Even before any vaccine is available, some people are trying to boost their chances of access, said Dr. Allison Kempe, an expert in vaccine dissemination who is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. NBC News, "Demand for Covid vaccines expected to get heated — and fast," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pediatrics

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pediatrics was circa 1857

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“Pediatrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pediatrics. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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pediatrics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pediatrics

medical : a branch of medicine that deals with the development, care, and diseases of babies and children

pediatrics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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variants: or chiefly British paediatrics \ ˌpēd-​ē-​ˈa-​triks How to pronounce pediatrics (audio) \

Medical Definition of pediatrics

: a branch of medicine dealing with the development, care, and diseases of infants, children, and adolescents

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