- growing old; aging.
- Cell Biology. (of a cell) no longer capable of dividing but still alive and metabolically active.
Origin of senescent
Related Words for senescentelderly, antique, gray, antediluvian, ancient, shot, worn, antiquated, oldie, maturing, waning, crumbling, stale, fading, developing, declining, aged, decrepit, doddering
Examples from the Web for senescent
Historical Examples of senescent
I constantly act as phlebotomist to the vanity of the young and to the anecdotage of the senile and senescent.The Journal of a Disappointed Man
Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
On this theme she chanted long and lovingly and a hundred coloured, senescent imageries leaped from the song.Nights in London
A senescent city; mostly antiquated Spanish architecture,—ponderous archways and earthquake-proof walls.Two Years in the French West Indies
The gardener slammed the door of the senescent truck with vehement lack of affection.Greener Than You Think
Has it not sometimes occurred to you that it is only in the senescent epoch of a nations life that love disappears?The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
- growing old
- characteristic of old age
Word Origin for senescent
1650s, from Latin senescentem (nominative scenescens), present participle of senescere "to grow old," from senex "old" (see senile).
- Growing old; aging.