[jer-ee-a-triks, jeer-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of medicine dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons.
  2. the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology.

Origin of geriatrics

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at geriatric, -ics
Related formsger·i·a·tri·cian [jer-ee-uh-trish-uh n] /ˌdʒɛr i əˈtrɪʃ ən/, ger·i·at·rist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • On her sleeve she wore the badge of geriatrician, with the motto, "To Care for the Aged."

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    James McConnell

British Dictionary definitions for geriatrician


geriatrist (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪst)

  1. a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine


  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting older peopleCompare gerontology


The term geriatric medicine is often used nowadays in preference to geriatrics
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Word Origin and History for geriatrician



coined 1909 by Austrian-born doctor Ignatz L. Nascher (1863-1944) in "New York Medical Journal" on the model of pediatrics (cf. -ics), from the same elements found in geriatric (q.v.). The correct formation would be gerontiatrics.

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geriatrician in Medicine


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age.
Related formsger′i•a•trician (jĕr′ē-ə-trĭshən) n.
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geriatrician in Science


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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