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geriatrics

[jer-ee-a-triks, jeer-]
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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.
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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

geriatric

[jer-ee-a-trik, jeer-]
adjective
  1. of or relating to geriatrics, old age, or aged persons.
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noun
  1. Slang. an old person.
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Origin of geriatric

1925–30; < Greek gér(ōn) old man + iatric
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Related Words for geriatrics

infirmity, senior, pensioner, retiree, age, caducity, debility, decrepitude, dotage, feebleness, longevity, senility, seniority, senectitude, senescence, geriatrics, oldness, old-timer, patriarch, oldster

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British Dictionary definitions for geriatrics

geriatrics

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

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

geriatric

adjective
  1. of or relating to geriatric medicine or to older people
  2. offensive (of people or machines) old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless
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noun
  1. old-fashioned, offensive an elderly person
  2. 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
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Word Origin for geriatric

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

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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geriatric

adj.

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

geriatrics in Medicine

geriatrics

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

geriatric

(jĕr′ē-ătrĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to geriatrics.
  2. Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.
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n.
  1. An old person.
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geriatrics in Science

geriatrics

[jĕr′ē-ătrĭks]
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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