[ jer-ee-a-trik, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪk, ˌdʒɪər- /


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

/ (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪk) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for geriatric

[ jĕr′ē-ătrĭk ]


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


An old person.
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