|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|1.||of or relating to geriatric medicine or to older people|
|2.||offensive (of people or machines) old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless|
|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 + |
|(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|
geriatric ger·i·at·ric (jěr'ē-āt'rĭk)
Of or relating to geriatrics.
Of or relating to old age or to the aging process.
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.
|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.