Definition of geriatric noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdʒeriˈætrɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒeriˈætrɪk//
    Old age
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  1. 1 geriatrics [uncountable] the branch of medicine concerned with the diseases and care of old people
  2. 2[countable] (informal, offensive) an old person, especially one with poor physical or mental health I'm not a geriatric yet, you know! See related entries: Old age
  3. Word Origin1920s: from Greek gēras ‘old age’ + iatros ‘doctor’, on the pattern of paediatric. Wordfindercare home, dementia, frail, geriatric, mobility, the old, pensioner, retire, sprightly, widow

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