psychogeriatrics

[sahy-koh-jeer-ee-a-triks]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the psychology of old age.

Origin of psychogeriatrics

First recorded in 1965–70; psycho- + geriatrics
Related formspsy·cho·ger·i·at·ric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psychogeriatric

psychogeriatric

adjective

Technical (of an older person) no longer in touch with everyday realities; exhibiting delusions; mentally incompetent

noun

  1. offensivea confused old person
  2. an impersonal label for a patient, as a unit, requiring institutional services appropriate for a mentally disordered old person

psychogeriatrics

noun

(functioning as singular) med the branch of health care concerned with the study, diagnosis, and sometimes treatment of mentally disordered older peopleCompare geriatrics
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