One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually treated as singular The branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of obesity.
- ‘I got a specialist physician in bariatrics, or obesity.’
- ‘Our team includes a psychologist, dietician, exercise physiologist, nursing staff and surgeons, all specially trained in bariatrics.’
- ‘Minimally invasive or endoscopic techniques are prevalent in all fields including bariatrics; neurosurgery; ear, nose, and throat surgery; and orthopedics.’
1960s: from baro- + Greek iatros ‘physician’ + -ics.
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