[jer-ee-a-triks, jeer-]
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.

1905–10; see geriatric, -ics

geriatrician [jer-ee-uh-trish-uhn] , geriatrist, noun Unabridged
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geriatrician or geriatrist (ˌdʒɛrɪəˈtrɪʃən, ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪst)
a physician who specializes in geriatric medicine
geriatrist or geriatrist

geriatrics (ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪks)
(functioning as singular) Compare gerontology the branch of medical science concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting older people
usage  The term geriatric medicine is often used nowadays in preference to geriatrics

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Word Origin & History

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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geriatrics ger·i·at·rics (jěr'ē-āt'rĭks)
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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geriatrics   (jěr'ē-āt'rĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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