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senescence

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From Latin senescere (to grow old).

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senescence (usually uncountable, plural senescences)

  1. (biology) The state or process of ageing, especially in humans; old age.
  2. (cell biology) Ceasing to divide by mitosis because of shortening of telomeres or excessive DNA damage.
  3. (gerontology) Old age; accumulated damage to macromolecules, cells, tissues and organs with the passage of time.
  4. (botany) Fruit senescence, leading to ripening of fruit.

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