Origin of geriatrics; from Classical Greek gēras, old age, gerōn, old man (; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝer-, to grow ripe, age from source corn, churl, Sanskrit járant-, feeble, old) + -iatrics
noun(used with a sing. verb)
Origin of geriatricsGreek gēras, old age; see ger&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots + –iatrics.
From Ancient Greek γῆρας (gēras, “old age”) + ἰατρός (iatros, “physician”); coined in English in 1909 by Ignatz L. Nascher in the New York Medical Journal on the model of pediatrics; correct formation would be gerontiatrics.