Definition of centenarian
: one that is 100 years old or older
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Her research emphasis includes the dietary habits of centenarians and diabetes.
Safaii-Waite and Linja also have been researching centenarians around the globe to learn more about diet and longevity.
That was why, Metchnikoff believed, Bulgarian peasants who regularly drank sour milk would often become centenarians.
Centenarians in the United States have increased dramatically - 43.6 percent since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Worldwide, it is projected that 3.7 million centenarians will live across the globe by 2050.
The premise, simply enough, is to talk to fellow nonagenarians and a few centenarians (Kirk Douglas among them), asking what keeps them going and seeking clues to their longevity.
Three centenarians are slated to perform during The Games.
Among the highlight of this year's Senior Games will be the participation of three centenarians in events in Birmingham.
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Did You Know?
We can't say there are exactly 100 English words based on the Latin root centum, meaning "hundred," but there are certainly dozens. "Centenarian" isn't the oldest one; it only dates from the late 1700s. Far older is "centurion" (an ancient Roman military officer), which has been around since the 13th century. A younger "centum" offspring is "centisecond," a rare term for 1/100 of a second that dates from the 1950s. From colorful words such as "centicipitous" (which means "100-headed") to practical ones like "centgener" ("a device for planting 100 seeds"), "centum" descendants have enlivened our language for centuries.
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: a person who is 100 years old or older
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