What word does your mother always say?


[bar-ee-a-triks] /ˌbær iˈæ trɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a branch of medicine that deals with the control and treatment of obesity and allied diseases.
Origin of bariatrics
1965-70; < Greek bár(os) weight (cf. baro-) + -iatrics
Related forms
bariatric, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for bariatric
  • While this is beneficial, it is not the major impact of bariatric surgery.
  • The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities.
  • For severely obese patients, weight loss through bariatric surgery may be an option.
  • Role of endoscopy in the bariatric surgery patient.
British Dictionary definitions for bariatric


of or relating to the treatment of obesity: bariatric surgery
Derived Forms
bariatrics, noun:plural
Word Origin
C20: from baro + iatric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bariatric

1976, from Greek baros "weight," from barys "heavy" (see grave (adj.)) + -iatric.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
bariatric in Medicine

bariatrics bar·i·at·rics (bār'ē-āt'rĭks)
The branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.

bar'i·at'ric adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
bariatric in Science
The branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bariatrics

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bariatric

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bariatric