9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for geriatric
  • 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.
  • However, geriatric depression is epidemic in our society and far less prevalent in traditional societies in the developing world.
  • Although in practice, health care and geriatric care is gradually becoming one and the same thing.
  • It conjured up images of geriatric males waking from one board meeting only to take lunch before moving on to snooze at another.
  • Animals feel strain of old age, zoos develop geriatric care.
  • He's running a weak third and needs to stem the leakage of cranky and deranged white geriatric votes.
British Dictionary definitions for geriatric


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
C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for geriatric

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
geriatric in Medicine

geriatric ger·i·at·ric (jěr'ē-āt'rĭk)

  1. Of or relating to geriatrics.

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

An old person.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for geriatric

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for geriatric

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with geriatric