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senesce Line breaks: sen¦esce
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɛs/

Definition of senesce in English:


[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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