geriatric
I. noun Date: 1909 1. plural but singular in construction a branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases of old age and aging people — compare gerontology 2. an aged person II. adjective Etymology: Greek gēras old age + English -iatric Date: 1926 1. a. of or relating to geriatrics or the process of aging b. of, relating to, or appropriate for elderly people <
the geriatric set
>
2. a. old, elderly <
a geriatric dachshund
>
b. being old and outmoded <
geriatric airplanes
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • geriatric — ge|ri|at|ric [ˌdʒeriˈætrık] adj [Date: 1900 2000; : 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • geriatric — [ˌdʒɛrɪ atrɪk] adjective 1》 relating to old people. 2》 informal decrepit or out of date. noun an old person, especially one receiving special care. Origin 1920s: from Gk gēras old age + iatros doctor , on the pattern of paediatric. Usage… …   English new terms dictionary

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