geriatric


1ge·ri·at·ric

noun \ˌjer-ē-ˈa-trik, ˌjir-\

: an old person

Full Definition of GERIATRIC

1
plural but sing in constr :  a branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases of old age and aging people — compare gerontology
2
:  an aged person

Examples of GERIATRIC

  1. <most of the clinic's outpatients are geriatrics living on fixed incomes>

First Known Use of GERIATRIC

1909

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

2geriatric

adjective

medical : of or relating to the process of growing old and the medical care of old people : of or relating to geriatrics

Full Definition of GERIATRIC

1
a :  of or relating to geriatrics or the process of aging
b :  of, relating to, or appropriate for elderly people <the geriatric set>
2
a :  old, elderly <a geriatric dachshund>
b :  being old and outmoded <geriatric airplanes>

Examples of GERIATRIC

  1. children who think that anyone over the age of 40 is geriatric
  2. <went into nursing to work with geriatric patients>

Origin of GERIATRIC

Greek gēras old age + English -iatric
First Known Use: 1926

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

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