Medical Definition of Gerontology

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Gerontology: the study of aging, including its social, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects. Gerontology is broader than geriatrics, which is the medical specialty devoted to treatment and care of older people (seniors health). The term is derived from the Greek geron, "old man" and -logia, "study of."

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018

REFERENCE: Gerontological Society of America.
<https://www.geron.org>

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