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geriatrics

[jer-ee-a-triks, jeer-] /ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪks, ˌdʒɪər-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of medicine dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons.
2.
the study of the physical processes and problems of aging; gerontology.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; see geriatric, -ics
Related forms
geriatrician
[jer-ee-uh-trish-uh n] /ˌdʒɛr i əˈtrɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
geriatrist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for geriatrician

geriatrician

/ˌdʒɛrɪəˈtrɪʃən/
noun
1.
a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine

geriatrics

/ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting older people Compare gerontology
Usage note
The term geriatric medicine is often used nowadays in preference to geriatrics
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Word Origin and History for geriatrician

geriatrics

n.

coined 1909 by Austrian-born doctor Ignatz L. Nascher (1863-1944) in "New York Medical Journal" on the model of pediatrics (cf. -ics), from the same elements found in geriatric (q.v.). The correct formation would be gerontiatrics.

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geriatrician in Medicine

geriatrics ger·i·at·rics (jěr'ē-āt'rĭks)
n.
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to old age. Also called presbyatrics.

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geriatrician in Science
geriatrics
  (jěr'ē-āt'rĭks)   
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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