- 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
- 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
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- (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
- 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
See also psychogeriatric
C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
Word Origin and History for geriatrics
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age.
- Of or relating to geriatrics.
- Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.
- An old person.
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- The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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