Definition of sarcopenia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɑːkəʊˈpiːnɪə/


[mass noun] Medicine
The loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength as a result of ageing.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with sarcopenia

Armenia, bergenia, gardenia, neurasthenia, ostopenia, proscenia, schizophrenia, senior, Slovenia

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