[ 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 persons.
the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology.
Words nearby geriatrics
OTHER WORDS FROM geriatricsger·i·a·tri·cian [jer-ee-uh-trish-uh n] /ˌdʒɛr i əˈtrɪʃ ən/, ger·i·at·rist, noun
Definition for geriatrics (2 of 2)
[ jer-ee-a-trik, jeer- ]
/ ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪk, ˌdʒɪər- /
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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British Dictionary definitions for geriatrics (1 of 2)
/ (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪks) /
(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
British Dictionary definitions for geriatrics (2 of 2)
/ (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪk) /
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
Word Origin for geriatric
C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
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Medicine definitions for geriatrics (1 of 2)
[ jĕr′ē-ăt′rĭks ]
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age.
Other words from geriatricsger′i•a•tric′ian (jĕr′ē-ə-trĭsh′ən) n.
Medicine definitions for geriatrics (2 of 2)
[ jĕr′ē-ăt′rĭk ]
Of or relating to geriatrics.
Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.
An old person.
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Science definitions for geriatrics
[ jĕr′ē-ăt′rĭks ]
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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