Definition of sarcopenia in English:


Syllabification: sar·co·pe·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌsärkəˈpēnēə


  • Loss of muscle tissue as a natural part of the aging process.
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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, literally 'lack of flesh'; coined by Irwin H. Rosenberg of the USDA.

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