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Definition of Geriatrics

Geriatrics: 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.".

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=18385
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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