[jer-ee-a-trik, jeer-]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geriatric



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

Word Origin for geriatric

C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
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Word Origin and History for geriatric

1909, formed in English from Greek geras, geros "old age" (from PIE root *gere- "to grow old" (see gerontology) + iatrikos "of a physician," from iatros (see -iatric).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

geriatric in Medicine




Of or relating to geriatrics.
Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.


An old person.
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