geriatrics

[ jer-ee-a-triks, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪks, ˌdʒɪər- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of medicine dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged people.
the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology.

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Origin of geriatrics

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at geriatric, -ics

OTHER WORDS FROM geriatrics

ger·i·a·tri·cian [jer-ee-uh-trish-uhn], /ˌdʒɛr i əˈtrɪʃ ən/, ger·i·at·rist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for geriatrics

geriatrics
/ (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪks) /

noun

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

usage for geriatrics

The term geriatric medicine is often used nowadays in preference to geriatrics
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Medical definitions for geriatrics

geriatrics
[ jĕr′ē-ătrĭks ]

n.

The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age.

Other words from geriatrics

ger′i•a•trician (jĕr′ē-ə-trĭshən) n.
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Scientific definitions for geriatrics

geriatrics
[ jĕr′ē-ătrĭks ]

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