su·​per·​cen·​te·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌsen-tə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce supercentenarian (audio) , -ˈne-rē- \

Definition of supercentenarian

: a person who is 110 years old or older Reports of supercentenarians living well beyond 110 are often suspect because of the lack of reliable birth records.— Karen G. Jackovich

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Recent Examples on the Web The supercentenarian was born in 1907, just seven years after the Sox moved to Chicago. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A 112-year-old lifelong White Sox fan celebrated his birthday by attending his very first game," 15 Sep. 2019 Come August 26, Miss Ethel will be one of just a handful of Americans considered a supercentenarian. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Oklahoma Woman Celebrating Her 110th Birthday Just Wants Cards," 16 Aug. 2019 The first verified supercentenarian (aged 110 and above) was Geert Adrians-Boomgaard, who died in 1899 aged 110 years and four months. James W Vaupel, Quartz, "How long can humans live?," 2 June 2019 The United States also doesn't have a federal or central database on the world's supercentenarians or centenarians. Amir Vera, CNN, "An Ohio woman, 113, is oldest person in US after the death of 114-year-old," 14 May 2018 That means researchers could confirm exactly when supercentenarians were born and died. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests There’s No Limit on Longevity, But Getting Super Old Is Still Tough," 29 June 2018 Perl said there are between 60 and 70 supercentenarians in the United States and about 350 worldwide. Robert Weisman,, "Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process," 19 May 2018 Some in the field are studying the habits of supercentenarians, people who live to 110 or older, and Seventh-Day Adventists, whose average life spans surpass by almost a decade the American life expectancy of about 79 years. Robert Weisman,, "Scientists in Mass. and beyond are working to slow the aging process," 19 May 2018 Out of just 36 supercentenarians reported worldwide, all but one of them are women, and 18 are Japanese. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Macron wants to be Trump’s buddy. Can it last? Five flash points to watch.," 23 Apr. 2018

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercentenarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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