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geriatric

noun ge·ri·at·ric \ ˌjer-ē-ˈa-trik , ˌjir- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of geriatric

: an aged person

Examples of geriatric in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of geriatric from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of geriatric


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geriatric

adjective

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 : old and outmoded
  • geriatric airplanes

Examples of geriatric in a Sentence

  1. children who think that anyone over the age of 40 is geriatric

  2. went into nursing to work with geriatric patients

Recent Examples of geriatric from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of geriatric

Greek gēras old age + English -iatric


GERIATRIC Defined for English Language Learners

geriatric

noun

Definition of geriatric for English Language Learners

  • : an old person


geriatric

adjective

Definition of geriatric for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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geriatric

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

medical Definition of geriatric

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

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geriatric

adjective

medical Definition of geriatric

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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