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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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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.

Origin:

The word pediatrics and its cognates mean "healer of children"; they derive from two Greek words: παῖς (pais "child") and ἰατρός (iatros "doctor, healer").

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 is also used as an adjective to describe something relating to the branch of medicine dealing with children and their diseases.

The hospital's paediatric ward is under construction.

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.

Paediatric vs. Pediatric

So, both of the spellings are correct but the ones you choose to use depend on your area of residency, origin and audience.

Examples:

Through a nonprofit foundation, she helped to raise roughly $1.5 million for research into pediatric cancer. [Houston Chronicle]

This acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology. [CNN Money]

Beloved, retired pediatrician Dr. Larry Morris died Tuesday, leaving behind a long legacy of healing in Gainesville. [Gainesville Times]

It has become the first dental college in the government sector to get two postgraduate (PG) seats in the paediatric dentistry in Maharashtra. [The Times of India]

“For example, paediatrics will be an entirely self-contained area with the waiting area away from the adult waiting area.” [ABC News Australia]

A paediatrician has accused a Cambridge gym of “blatant sexism” for assuming all doctors are men. [Cambridge News]

 

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