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geriatric

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noun ge·ri·at·ric \ˌjer-ē-ˈa-trik, ˌjir-\

Simple Definition of geriatric

  • : an old person

Full Definition of geriatric

  1. 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. 2 :  an aged person

Examples of geriatric

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



1909

First Known Use of geriatric

1909

Rhymes with geriatric


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geriatric

adjective ge·ri·at·ric

Simple Definition of geriatric

  • 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. 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. 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



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