geriatric

[jer-ee-a-trik, jeer-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to geriatrics, old age, or aged persons.
noun
2.
Slang. an old person.

Origin:
1925–30; < Greek gér(ōn) old man + -iatric

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geriatric (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to geriatric medicine or to older people
2.  offensive (of people or machines) old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless
 
n
3.  old-fashioned, offensive an elderly person
4.  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
 
[C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric]

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geriatric
1909, formed in Eng. from Gk. geras "old age" (from PIE base *gere- "to grow old;" cf. Skt. jarati "makes frail, causes to age") + iatrikos "of a physician," from iatros, related to iasthai "heal, treat," of uncertain origin. Geriatrics was coined 1909 by Ignatz L. Nascher (1863-1944) in "New York Medical
Journal" on the model of pediatrics. The correct formation would be gerontiatrics.
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geriatric ger·i·at·ric (jěr'ē-āt'rĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to geriatrics.

  2. Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.

n.
An old person.
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Example sentences
Hip and knee arthroplasty in the geriatric population.
The geriatric overhang now seems to have been dealt with.
His task is to reinvent a company whose main business is not so much mature as geriatric.
The magazine's cover subjects have become somewhat younger and its articles have a less geriatric tone.
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