Definition of sarcopenia in English:


Line breaks: sarco|penia
Pronunciation: /ˌsɑːkəʊˈpiːnɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
  • The loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength as a result of ageing.
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    • This is principally the result of sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and occurs to a greater degree in older women than men.
    • Strength training can prevent or aid several age-related illnesses among seniors, including the muscle destroying sarcopenia.
    • A new name, sarcopenia or vanishing flesh has been applied to Maude's illness.


1990s: from Greek sarx, sark- 'flesh' + penia 'poverty'.

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