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Definition of Geriatrics

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

Geriatrics Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ger·i·at·rics

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /jair-ee-A-triks/
  • British English – /je-ri-A-triks/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌʤɛriˈætrɪks/
  • British English – /dʒɛrɪˈatrɪks/

Usage Notes

  • 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 (senescence) in a broader sense.
  • A (noun) geriatrician studies (adjective) geriatric issues.

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Cite the Definition of Geriatrics

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “geriatrics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 28, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

geriatrics. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “geriatrics.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 28, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“geriatrics.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Sep. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/geriatrics/>.