Definition of senesce in English:


Line breaks: sen¦esce
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɛs


[no object] Biology
  • (Of a living organism) deteriorate with age: it is a universal characteristic of higher animals that they senesce
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    • Fruits were counted when the plants had fully senesced.
    • Regardless of cold-induction treatment, leaves and plants of non-transformed plants senesced under prolonged dark storage.
    • In several populations, the pitchers of some plants had senesced.


mid 17th century: from Latin senescere, from senex 'old'.

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