299. Old Age


See also 3. AGE ; 18. ANTIQUITY ; 171. FOSSILS .

anecdotage
old age, when a person may be prone to regale others with anecdotes about his past. [A humorous blend of anecdote and dotage.]
anility
the condition of behaving like an old woman, used especially of men. Cf. senility .
caducity
decrepit old age; senility.
gerascophobia
the fear of growing old.
geratology
the study of the decline of life, as in old age. — geratologic, geratological, geratologous, adj.
geriatrics
1. the science dealing with the diseases, debilities, and care of aged persons.
2. the study of the physical process and problems of aging; gerontology. —geriatrie, adj. —geriatrist, geriatrician, geriatry, n.
gerocomy
gerontology.
gerodontics
a dental specialty concerned with the care and treatment of the dental problems of the aged. — gerodontist, n.
geromorphism
the condition of appearing older than one is.
gerontology
the branch of science that studies aging and the special problems of the aged. Also called gerocomy . — gerontologist, n. gerontological, adj.
nonagenarianism
the state of being in one’s nineties. —nonagenarian, n., adj. —nonagenary, adj.
nostology
Medicine, Obsolete, the study of senility.
octogenarianism
the state of being in one’s eighties. —octogenarian, n., adj. —octogenary, adj.
opsimathy
Rare.
1. a late education.
2. the process of acquiring education late in life.
senicide
the killing off of the old men in a tribe. — senicidal, adj.
senility
1. the state or quality of being old, especially, being afflicted with the infirmity of body and mind that sometimes comes with old age.
2. Informal. a condition of weakness of mind and body, usually associated with advanced age, characterized by the inability to remember simple, recent events, general confusion and bewilderment, and increasing debility. Cf. anility. senile, adj.
septuagenarianism
the state of being in one’s seventies. — septuagenarian n. , adj. septuagenary, adj.

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