gerontology


noun

  1. the branch of science that deals with aging and the problems of aged persons.

noun

  1. the scientific study of ageing and the problems associated with older peopleCompare geriatrics
n.

1903, coined in English from Greek geron (genitive gerontos) “old man,” from PIE root *gere- “to become ripe, grow old” (cf. Sanskrit jara “old age,” jarati “makes frail, causes to age;” Avestan zaurvan “old age;” Ossetic zarond “old man;” Armenian cer “old, old man”).

n.

  1. The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging.

A medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of the elderly.

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