Meaning of GERIATRIC in English

GERIATRIC

/ ˌdʒeriˈætrɪk; NAmE / noun

1.

geriatrics [ U ] the branch of medicine concerned with the diseases and care of old people

2.

[ C ] ( informal , offensive ) an old person, especially one with poor physical or mental health :

I'm not a geriatric yet, you know!

►  geri·at·ric adjective :

the geriatric ward (= in a hospital)

a geriatric vehicle (= old and in bad condition)

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WORD ORIGIN

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

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