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First attested in the late 19th century. From γέρων.


  • a UK /dʒɛˈrɒnt.ɪk/
  • a US /dʒɛˈrɑːnt.ɪk/


  1. Of or pertaining to old age or the elderly
    • 1982, Prisca von Dorotka Bagnell, Gerontology and Geriatrics Collections, Haworth Press, ISBN 0917724534, page 5,
      The gerontic population of the U.S., those of 65 and over, numbered 3.1 million in 1900.
    • 2004, Rhonda Nay, Sally Garratt, Nursing Older People: Issues and Innovations, Elsevier Australia, ISBN 072953751X, page 340,
      Academic staff from schools of nursing across Australia were asked to contribute information about their current funded research in gerontic nursing, and also to provide their thoughts on what issues future research projects within gerontic nursing should address.
    • 2003, Maurice Cowling, Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 052154517X, page 19,
      previously there had been gerontic oligarchy
  2. In the context of "Biology": Of or pertaining to senescent animals or plants
    • 2004, Richa Arora, Encyclopaedia of Evolutionary Biology, Anmol Publications PVT, ISBN 8126115009, page 139,
      Then the gerontic or senescent portion is seen, recognizable by an increasing simplicity, comparable to that of the neanic shell but retrogressive rather than progressive in the assumption of characters.


  • 2005, Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, The Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd edition revised), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198610572

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anile, crabbed, debilitated, decrepit, doddered, doddering, doddery, feeble, fossilized, gerontal, infirm, mossbacked, moth-eaten, mummylike, palsied, papery-skinned, ravaged with age, rickety, run to seed, rusty, senile, shaky, shriveled, stricken in years, timeworn, tottering, tottery, weak, withered, wizened
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