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Wednesday, July 31

Senescence

[si-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin

1.

The aging process

2.

In nature, a cell's loss of the ability to divide

Examples of Senescence in a sentence

"Senescence comes with aches and pains, but it's also a time to look back on your life."

"The oak tree in the backyard has reached its senescence; we'll have to have it removed before it falls on the house."

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About Senescence

Some creatures in nature possess what's known as negligible senescence. This means that they experience very few or none of the effects of aging most animals endure. Tortoises, for example, are believed to be capable of living indefinitely as long as they receive proper nutrition, care, and protection from disease or infection.

Did you Know?

Senescence is a term used in five different scientific fields: biology, cellular biology, gerontology (the study of aging), botany, and cytology. In all cases, it, in some way, relates to the changes associated with aging.

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