geriatric

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

Definition of geriatric 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 geriatrics\ˌjer-ē-ˈa-triks, ˌjir-\ plural in form but singular in construction : a branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases of old age and the medical care and treatment of aging people An old family member is often the inspiration for medical students who choose geriatrics.— Katie Hafner — compare gerontology

2 : an aged person To put it mildly, the geriatrics of the entertainment industry didn't see this coming.— John Perry Barlow

geriatric

adjective

Definition of geriatric (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to geriatrics or the process of aging

b : of, relating to, or appropriate for elderly people the geriatric set

2a : old, elderly a geriatric dachshund

b : old and outmoded geriatric airplanes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for geriatric

Synonyms: Adjective

aged, aging (or ageing), ancient, elderly, long-lived, old, older, senescent, senior

Antonyms: Adjective

young, youthful

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Since most medical care is devoted to those over 65, geriatrics, the medical treatment of the elderly, is a highly important specialty. The specific problems of the elderly include physical inactivity and instability, which result from weakness and loss of energy. Weakness of the eyes and ears plays a role, and weakening of the immune system often leads to more disease. All these conditions can be made worse by mental problems, such as declining intellectual activity, declining memory, and depression, which may prevent the patient from taking action to improve his or her condition. But the effects of aging can be greatly relieved by proper care. And the greatest improvement often results when the patient is persuaded to become more physically, mentally, and socially active.

Examples of geriatric in a Sentence

Noun

most of the clinic's outpatients are geriatrics living on fixed incomes

Adjective

children who think that anyone over the age of 40 is geriatric went into nursing to work with geriatric patients
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Another pilot project, conducted by Dr. Sara Espinoza, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics), examined the effects of a diabetes drug called Metformin in senior adults. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "UT Health research given $24 million vote of confidence," 31 May 2018 Fewer than 1 percent of RNs and fewer than 3 percent of advanced practice RNs are certified in geriatrics, according to the American Geriatric Society. Alice Adams, Houston Chronicle, "Home health care providers face strong demand for services," 9 Mar. 2018 While there is a clear distinction between MCI and dementia, according to Dr. Bruce Troen, chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University at Buffalo Medical School there is a 3-fold increase in risk for dementia among those with MCI. Joseph Frankel, Newsweek, "Exercise to Improve Memory and Slow Dementia, New Recommendations Say," 28 Dec. 2017 Great, so people who sit on the job turn into bedridden geriatrics, while those who stand in the office might as well be eating nothing but double cheeseburgers, or going through a pack a day, or maybe both. Jay Willis, GQ, "Bad News: Now Standing at Work Is Killing You, Too," 17 Sep. 2017 Afterward, two ladies channeling Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher (the film’s infamous wallet-lifting geriatrics) led the way, with a feigned, aged saunter, towards the barn. Katie Calautti, vanityfair.com, "At the Dirty Dancing Lodge, Fans Can Have the Time of Their Lives," 18 Aug. 2017 The Red Hound of Renown, as he was called in some circles, was a consummate fetch dog, a powerful swimmer and, in his later years, a brazen geriatric with a bottomless bucket list. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "A grief considered: Remembering the 'Red Hound of Renown'," 30 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Other practical ideas include becoming engaged with your church or temple and seeking out a professional geriatric care manager. Washington Post, "When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick?," 9 July 2018 The center pulls together experts in geriatric medicine, protective services, civil and criminal prosecution, and law enforcement. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County searching for 10 suspects sought in elderly abuse cases," 2 May 2018 Having a third party as a mediator, such as a geriatric-care manager, is helpful in diffusing tense situations. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "When and how to discuss senior-housing options with aging parents," 13 July 2018 Unlike the Escondido facility, Myers said the Poway hospital’s 12-bed geriatric psychiatric unit does have drop ceilings that have to be replaced. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County leaders say they fear impact of Tri-City psych unit closures," 4 July 2018 As the rock icons of the 20th century become increasingly geriatric, Hyden explores the history and significance of groups like the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles — and how their music changed the culture. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 22 May 2018 Discontinuities in care are common in a health-care system that is excessively siloed and lacks sufficient geriatric specialists. Marc Agronin, WSJ, "How to Reduce Dementia’s Tragic Toll on Families," 13 Nov. 2017 After earning a Certificate in Geriatrics in 1976 at Manchester (Conn.) Community College, Sister Ellen did community geriatric work in Manchester, Fairfield and Westport. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Ellen Hathaway," 24 June 2018 In October, Kate Caldwell, a geriatric care manager who had previously evaluated Edith, conducted a home visit. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Tale of Love, Family Conflict And Battles Over Care For An Aging Mother," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of geriatric

Noun

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for geriatric

Noun

see geriatric entry 2

Adjective

Greek gēras old age + English -iatric

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geriatric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of geriatric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an old person

geriatric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of geriatric (Entry 2 of 2)

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

geriatric

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

Medical Definition of geriatric 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 geriatrics plural but singular in construction : a branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases of old age and aging people — compare gerontology

2 : an aged person

geriatric

adjective

Medical Definition of geriatric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to geriatrics or its practice the geriatric department in a hospital a geriatric ward

2 : of, relating to, affecting, or being aged individuals the geriatric population geriatric depression treated geriatric animals

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