somatopause

noun

so·​ma·​to·​pause sō-ˈmat-ə-ˌpȯz, ˈsō-mət-ə- How to pronounce somatopause (audio)
: a gradual and progressive decrease in growth hormone secretion that occurs normally with increasing age during adult life and is associated with an increase in adipose tissue and LDL levels and a decrease in lean body mass

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“Somatopause.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/somatopause. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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