- of or relating to geriatrics, old age, or aged persons.
- Slang. an old person.
Origin of geriatric
1925–30; < Greek gér(ōn) old man + iatric
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Examples from the Web for geriatric
Thanks to the basic dynamics of American politics, the GOP—as white and geriatric as it is—sits well-positioned for success.The GOP Failed to Reform...and It Doesn't Matter
March 18, 2014
But they are right to haul—or wheel—a geriatric SS man present at a notorious, if largely forgotten, massacre into the courtroom.There Should Be No Statute of Limitations on Prosecuting War Crimes
January 13, 2014
Right after Girls, she booked an episode of the HBO series Getting On, playing a frail woman in a geriatric ward.June Squibb, the Curse-Happy Elderly Mom In ‘Nebraska,’ Delivers the Year’s Funniest Turn
November 15, 2013
In spite of their image as bland, geriatric pols, the party elders gave the LDP a sense political heft.Japan’s Liberal Democrats Win Huge, But Stability May Prove Elusive
December 17, 2012
Even now, some clinicians are unforgivably timid around the topic with their geriatric patients.The Truth Behind Elder Rape
September 15, 2012
- of or relating to geriatric medicine or to older people
- offensive (of people or machines) old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless
- old-fashioned, offensive an elderly person
- informal, offensive an older person considered as one who may be disregarded as senile or unable to look after his or her own best interests
See also psychogeriatric
C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
Word Origin and History for geriatric
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to geriatrics.
- Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.
- An old person.