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geriatric

  
  ( geriatrics    plural  )
1       adj   Geriatric is used to describe things relating to the illnesses and medical care of old people.     (MEDICAL)   ADJ n  
There is a question mark over the future of geriatric care..., The geriatric patients will be moved out.     
2       n-uncount   Geriatrics is the study of the illnesses that affect old people and the medical care of old people.  
3       n-count   If you describe someone as a geriatric, you are implying that they are old and that their mental or physical condition is poor. This use could cause offence.  
oft N n     (disapproval)    He will complain about having to spend time with such a boring bunch of geriatrics., ...how can it be acceptable to have a load of geriatric judges deciding what should happen?     
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