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1. Growing old; aging.
2. No longer dividing. Used of a cell.
[Latin senēscēns, senēscent-, present participle of senēscere, to grow old, inchoative of senēre, to be old, from senex, sen-, old; see sen- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. growing old
2. characteristic of old age
[C17: from Latin senēscere to grow old, from senex old]
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growing old; aging.
[1650–60; < Latin senēscent-, s. of senēscēns, present participle of senēscere to grow old, derivative of senex, s. sen- old; see -escent]
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|Adj.||1.||senescent - growing old |
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
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