The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in older people and the problems specific to aging. From the Greek "geron" meaning "old man" + "iatreia" meaning "the treatment of disease.".
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The branch of medicine concerned with the medical problems and care of the aged. [G. geras, old age, + iatrikos, healing]
- dental g. treatment of dental problems peculiar to advanced age. SYN: gerodontics, gerodontology.

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the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that occur in old age and with the care of the aged. See also gerontology.

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ger·i·at·rics (jer″e-atґriks) [ger- + -iatrics] the branch of medicine that treats problems peculiar to old age and the aging, including the clinical problems of senescence and senility.

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