gero-, geri-, ger-, geronto-, geront-

(Greek: old age, old man, old people; elder, elderly; senior citizen)

Don't confuse this gero-, ger- with another Latin ger- which means "to carry, to produce; to bear".

Man is an illogical creature who wants a long life but never to be old.
Of, pertaining to, or designating anatomical specialization most fully represented in the mature male of a species.
1. Evolutionary development that produces extreme specialization and, ultimately, extinction of a species or race, as with the dinosaurs.
2. In biology, a degree of evolutionary specialization of a species that decreases its ability to adapt and ultimately leads to its extinction.
gerontophile (s) (noun), gerontophiles (pl)
A person who loves old people: A gerontophile is an individual who has an intimate interest in older people
gerontophilia (s) (noun) (no pl)
A special fondness or love for old people: Gerontophilia could describe Judy's delight in working with the elderly in her town.
1. The science concerned with treatment of the aged.
2. Therapeutic management of aging persons designed to retard and prevent the development of many of the aspects of senescence [the process or condition of growing old, especially the condition resulting from the transitions and accumulations of the deleterious aging processes].
The treatment of disease in the aged; also, geriartric therapy.
gerontu (singular); geronti (plural)
An elderly male; elderly men.
An attempt to prevent the effects of biological aging.
geropsychiatry (s) (noun), geropsychiatries (pl)
A subspecialty of psychiatry dealing with mental illness in the elderly.
Pertaining to the old age or stage of decay of a race or type of organism.
1. Premature appearance of old age.
2. A fatal disease of children characterized by symptoms usually associated with senility.
3. A rare abnormality marked by premature aging (gray hair, wrinkled skin, and stooped posture) in a child.
4. Accelerated aging syndrome in which most of the characteristic stages of human senescence are compressed into less than a decade.
5. Etymology: derived from pro-, "before" plus the Greek word for "old age", geras; literally, "aged forward".

Related "old; old age, elder" units: obsolesc-; presbyo-; sen-; veter-.