geriatrics [ jer-ee- a-triks, jeer- ] SHOW IPA / ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪks, ˌdʒɪər- / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun ( used with a singular verb) the branch of medicine dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons. the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology. Origin of geriatrics
First recorded in
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-ics Related forms ger·i·a·tri·cian , [jer-ee- uh- trish- uh n] /ˌdʒɛr i əˈtrɪʃ ən/ ger·i·at·rist, noun
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Examples from the Web for geriatrician British Dictionary definitions for geriatrician geriatrician geriatrist ( ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪst) noun a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine noun (functioning as singular) the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting older people Compare gerontology usage
geriatric medicine is often used nowadays in preference to geriatrics
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Word Origin and History for geriatrician n.
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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Medicine definitions for geriatrician n. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age. Related forms ger′i•a•tric ( ′ian jĕr′ē-ə-trĭsh) ′ən n.
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Science definitions for geriatrician The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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