See also: sénescent
- Rhymes: -ɛsənt
- Growing old; decaying with the lapse of time.
- 1859, Edgar Allan Poe, “Ulalume”, in The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, volume 2:
- And now, as the night was senescent / And star-dials pointed to morn— / As the star-dials hinted of morn— / At the end of our path a liquescent / And nebulous lustre was born
- 1905 March, Joseph Jastrow, “The Natural History of Adolescence”, in Popular Science Monthly, volume 66:
- The history of philosophic opinion itself in interpreted by Dr. Hall in terms of a similar development, in which immature adolescent systems, staid senescent and blasé philosophies have appeared and appealed to their public in direct relation to the status of the culture-periods in which they found origin and favor.
- Characteristic of old age.
- (cytology, of a cell) That ceases to divide.
- 1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
- When such lines and forms of organic development prevail, the individual, as the cell of the body, becomes soon senescent, drifting inevitably into age, decay, and death.
- senescent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- senescent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- cellular senescence on Wikipedia.Wikipedia