sarcopenia

noun
sar·co·pe·nia | \ˌsär-kō-ˈpē-nē-ə \

Definition of sarcopenia 

: reduction in skeletal muscle mass due to aging

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Power up your brain and brawn with the following age-defying workouts: Multi-joint movements Age and a sedentary lifestyle can cause lean muscle mass to atrophy due to a condition called sarcopenia. Philly.com, "3 exercises to fight signs of aging," 3 Apr. 2018 Our muscle mass naturally begins to decline around age 30, and that process, called sarcopenia, accelerates around age 40. Taysha Murtaugh, Woman's Day, "The Real Reason You're Gaining Weight As You Get Older," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of sarcopenia

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sarcopenia

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sarcopenia

noun
sar·co·pe·nia | \ˌsär-kō-ˈpē-nē-ə \

Medical Definition of sarcopenia 

: reduction in skeletal muscle mass due to aging Age-related sarcopenia is a key component of frailty.— Alessandro Laviano, The New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Aug. 2014

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