Have you been to a hospital and read the board Pediatric Department? Or you might have read a board of Peadriatric Department in some other hospital. So, what is the right word? Which spellings should you use if you happen to use the word in some essay?
This article answers all your questions about the spellings of the word along with the definition, origin, usage and examples. Read along and you will get to know the difference between the two spellings.
Pediatric as noun:
Pediatric is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents, and the age limit usually ranges from birth up to 18-21 years of age (in some places until completion of secondary education). A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician, or paediatrician.
Pediatric as adjective:
Pediatric or paediataric:
Pediatric (without an a) is the spellings most commonly used in American English which were changed back in 19th century, thanks to Noah Webster and his ‘theory of difference’ of American from the rest of the English speaking world. The original spellings of the word are paediataric (with an a), which were first derived from the Greek language and are still used in all of the world except America.
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