Meaning of GERIATRIC in English
ge ‧ ri ‧ at ‧ ric /ˌdʒeriˈætrɪk◂/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Language: Greek ; Origin: geras 'old age' + English -iatric ]
1 . [only before noun] relating to the medical care and treatment of old people:
a specialist in geriatric medicine
2 . informal too old to work well:
a geriatric rock star
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▪ old having lived for a long time:
an old man
I’m too old to learn a new language.
▪ elderly a polite word for old:
an elderly lady
a home for the elderly (=elderly people)
If you are elderly, you may be eligible for financial assistance.
▪ aging ( also ageing British English ) [only before noun] becoming old:
an ageing rock star
the problems of an ageing population
▪ aged /ˈeɪdʒəd, ˈeɪdʒɪd/ [only before noun] written aged relatives are very old:
She had to look after her aged aunt.
▪ elder brother/sister especially British English [only before noun] an older brother or sister. Elder sounds more formal than older :
I have two elder brothers.
▪ ancient [not usually before noun] informal very old – used humorously:
I’ll be 30 next year – it sounds really ancient!
▪ be getting on (in years) informal to be fairly old:
He’s 60 now, so he’s getting on a bit.
▪ be over the hill ( also be past it British English ) informal to be too old to do something:
Everyone thinks you’re past it when you get to 40.
▪ geriatric [only before noun] relating to medical care and treatment for old people:
a geriatric hospital
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012