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geriatric Line breaks: geri|at¦ric
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒɛrɪˈatrɪk/

Definition of geriatric in English:


1Relating to old people, especially with regard to their health care: a geriatric hospital
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  • Max's main studies related to the organisation of primary health services and geriatric healthcare delivery in Israel and he was committed to medical education.
  • How can standards in geriatric health care be raised?
  • Compared with these school environments, the indoor climates at our geriatric hospitals were characterized by higher room temperatures and lower relative humidity.
1.1 informal Decrepit; very old or outdated: replacements for a geriatric locomotive fleet
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  • Like the Sea Kings, the Sikorsky Cyclones chosen on July 23 to replace Canada's geriatric fleet of Sea Kings rely on two engines.


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An old person, especially one receiving special care: a rest home for geriatrics
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  • In both hospitals, the next most often targeted patient types were geriatrics, oncology, and renal patients.
  • Most of the residents here are geriatrics with senile dementia.
  • Let the people vote in who they want to even if he is a senile geriatric with one foot already in the grave.


Geriatric is the normal, semi-official term used in Britain and the US when referring to the health care of old people ( a geriatric ward; geriatric patients). When used outside such contexts, it typically carries overtones of being worn out and decrepit and can therefore be offensive if used with reference to people.


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

  • This word is made up of Greek gēras ‘old age’ and iatros ‘doctor’.

Words that rhyme with geriatric

paediatric (US pediatric), Patrick, psychiatric, theatric
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