(noun) The branch of medicine that focuses on the elderly, specifically health and wellness through the prevention and treatment of disability and disease.

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  • Geriatrics and gerontology are often used interchangeably but geriatrics refer specifically to the health and wellness of older individuals and gerontology studies the aging process in a broader sense.
  • A (noun) geriatrician studies (adjective) geriatric issues.

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