Geriatrics meaning

jĕr'ē-ăt'rĭks
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to the aged.
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The branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and problems of old age.
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The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems specific to elderly people.
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The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the elderly.
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(medicine) The branch of medicine that focuses on health promotion and the prevention and treatment of disease and disability in later life. The term itself can be distinguished from gerontology, which is the study of the aging process itself.
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Plural form of geriatric; old people.
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Origin of geriatrics

  • Greek gēras old age gerə-1 in Indo-European roots –iatrics
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary