word-forming element from Greek iatrikos "healing," from iatros "physician, healer" (related to iatreun "treat medically," and iasthai "heal, treat"); of uncertain origin, perhaps from iaomai "to cure," related to iaino "heat, warm, cheer," probably from a root meaning "enliven, animate."

Nearby words

  1. ice-scoured,
  2. ice-skate,
  3. ice-up,
  4. ice-water,
  5. ice.,
  6. iceberg lettuce,
  7. iceblink,
  8. iceboat,
  9. iceboater,
  10. iceboating

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for -iatric



Of or relating to a specified kind of medical practice, treatment, or healing:geriatric.

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