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senescence

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noun se·nes·cence \si-ˈne-sən(t)s\

Simple Definition of senescence

  • : the state of being old or the process of becoming old

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of senescence

  1. 1 :  the state of being old :  the process of becoming old

  2. 2 :  the growth phase in a plant or plant part (as a leaf) from full maturity to death

senescent play \-sənt\ adjective

Did You Know?

Senescence can be traced back to Latin senex, meaning "old." Can you guess which other English words come from senex? Senile might come to mind, as well as senior. But another one might surprise you: senate. This word for a legislative assembly dates back to ancient Rome, where the Senatus was originally a council of elders composed of the heads of patrician families. There's also the much rarer senectitude, which, like senescence, refers to the state of being old (specifically, to the final stage of the normal life span).

Origin of senescence

senescent, from Latin senescent-, senescens, present participle of senescere to grow old, from sen-, senex old


First Known Use: 1695

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senescence

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noun se·nes·cence \si-ˈnes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of senescence

  1. :  the state of being old :  the process of becoming old




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