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geratology

[jer-uh-tol-uh-jee] /ˌdʒɛr əˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Biology
1.
the study of the diminution or decline of life, as in an individual animal or a species approaching extinction.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; gerat- (erroneously taken as the stem of Greek gêras old age) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
geratologic
[jer-uh-tl-oj-ik] /ˌdʒɛr ə tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
geratologous
[jer-uh-tol-uh-guh s] /ˌdʒɛr əˈtɒl ə gəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geratology

geratology

/ˌdʒɛrəˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of medicine concerned with the elderly and the phenomena associated with ageing; geriatrics and gerontology
Derived Forms
geratological (ˌdʒɛrətəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
geratologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from gerato-, from Greek gēras old age + -logy
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Contemporary definitions for geratology
noun

the scientific study of aging and extinction; also called gereology

Word Origin

Greek great- 'old age'

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Word Origin and History for geratology
n.

"study of decadence," 1884, from Greek geras (genitive geratos) "old age" (see geriatric) + -logy.

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