Meaning of GERIATRIC in English


[ ˌdʒɛrɪ'atrɪk ]

■ adjective

1》 relating to old people.

2》 informal decrepit or out of date.

■ noun an old person, especially one receiving special care.


1920s: from Gk gēras 'old age' + iatros 'doctor', on the pattern of paediatric .


Geriatric is the normal, semi-official term used to refer to the health care of old people ( a ~ ward ). When used outside such contexts, it typically carries overtones of being decrepit and can therefore be offensive if used with reference to people.

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