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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

geriatric

[jer-ee-a-trik, jeer-] /ˌdʒɛr iˈæ trɪk, ˌdʒɪər-/
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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British Dictionary definitions for geriatrics

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

geriatric

/ˌdʒɛrɪˈætrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to geriatric medicine or to older people
2.
(offensive) (of people or machines) old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless
noun
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
See also psychogeriatric
Word Origin
C20: from Greek gēras old age + iatric
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Word Origin and History for 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.

geriatric

adj.

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).

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geriatrics in Medicine

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.

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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geriatrics 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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