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Definition of the noun senility

What does senility mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: senilities

  1. mental infirmity as a consequence of old age; sometimes shown by foolish infatuations
  2. the state of being senile
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: oldness = the opposite of youngness

Alternative definition of the noun senility


  1. [uncountable] The losing of memory and reason due to old age.
  2. [countable, archaic] An elderly, senile person.

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Google preview英语模拟试题与解析 (2005)

Senility refers to great losses of intellectual capacity that occurs in old age and is associated with the widespread loss of nerve cells and the shrinkage of brain tissue. Senility is a great decline from a previous intellectual 31 in an aging person.

Google previewDancing with Death Thru Senility Into Eternality (2002)

by Toni Delgado

Senility is a full time job for the caretaker and the person doing it. In a very real sense, we both...

Google previewOld Is Not a Dirty Word (1998)

Aging Observed...Aging Experienced by Wallace Claus Matsen

Senility is an overworked diagnosis. Senility is a medically verifiable disease that occurs in less than 2% of all people over age 65, but it is reported in the ...

Google previewMedical Surgical Nursing: An Integrated Approach (2012)

by Lois White, Gena Duncan, Wendy Baumle

Reality: Senility is an outdated term once used to refer to any form of dementia that occurred in older people. Dementia is a result of disease, can affect adults of all ages, and is not a natural consequence of aging. Although some slight ...

Google previewVital and Health Statistics (1974)

Data from the National Health Survey by National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)

Advanced senility is the layman's term for senile psychosis and chronic brain syndrome--two terms which themselves fall under the overall...

Google previewFinal Report of the Minority Role Stereotyping Sub-Task Force (1976)

Of the State Superintendent's Task Force on "Freedom for Individual Development: Role Stereotyping in Wisconsin's Schools"

Senility is a notion that old people are or will inevitably become senile, if they live long enough, showing forget fulness, confusion, an all-too-widely accepted...

Google previewEmotional Problems in Later Life (1998)

Intervention Strategies for Professional Caregivers, Second Edition by Dan Blazer, MD, PhD

Senility is a term that has been taken out of context for years. The word actually means “degenerative changes associated with the aging process.” Senile changes can occur in the eyes, the joints, and the kidneys as well as in the brain.

Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

SENILITY means the physical and mental infirmity of old age or dotage. 3. The correct answer is (A). ADEPT means welltrained or skilled ...

Google previewSubstance, Meaning & Consciousness (2015)

A Generic Theory of Existence by Vikay Kumar

Senility is an old age affliction whereby a person loses coherence in speech. It is easy to imagine that with so many sensory signals coming in and motor signals going out, the brain can experience fatigue resulting in loss of ...

Google previewAsia Hand (2010)

A Vincent Calvino Novel by Christopher G. Moore

Last time they'd had lunch at the restaurant and Colonel Pratt ordered the sea bass, Calvino had told him about Calvino's law: Senility means you keep going to the same restaurant and order the same food but take longer and longer to read ...

Google previewEuropean and Global Context of Poverty (2014)

in the period of social and demographic transformations of the society by AA.VV.

Senility is a term which is general and non-scientific, used to denote a reduction in mental performance of the elderly. It refers to decrepi- tude, changes in personality traits (tearfulness, quarrelsomeness), memory loss, psychical and physical ...

Google previewDictionary of Biological Psychology (2003)

by Philip Winn

Diseases specific to senescence, such as ALZHEIMER'S DEMENTIA and PARKINSON'S DISEASE, may prove a lesser problem than incapacity due to simple senility. Even in the absence of specific pathology biological AGEING brings about ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of applied psychology (2004)

A-E by Charles Donald Spielberger

This article explores the meaning of senility, what it is and what it is not, who is at risk, prevention, early and late recognition, comorbidities and misdiagnoses, interventions, and future prospects. s0005 ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

senium praecox Rare phrase for premature senility (usually before age 55), associated primarily with the two major forms of presenile dementia, Alzheimer«s disease and Pick«s ...

Google previewThe Family Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2000)

by John Heinerman, Lendon H. Smith

SENILITY. See ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, AMNESIA, and MENTAL RETARDATION for more information. SEXUALLY. TRANSMISSIBLE. DISEASES. (See also AIDS, CANDIDIASIS, and HERPES for additional information.) Symptoms Sexually ...

Google previewBlack’s Medical Dictionary (2017)

by Harvey Marcovitch

Senility. See AGEING. Senna. The leaves of various species of Cassia senna. It is one of the most active of the simple laxative drugs (see LAXATIVES). A standardised preparation of senna, Senokot®, is widely used for the management of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Drama (2015)

by Jackson R. Bryer, Mary C. Hartig

Work Author: Tina Howe Under the Church family's façade of uppermiddleclass gentility and literary prowess lies the sad reality of past neuroses and present senility, yet Howe's Painting Churches is also about finding joy where onecan, ...

Google previewDiamond Gem English Dictionary

by Dr. Baljit Singh

senility 6' senility n. state of being old; dotage. senior seizure ...

Google previewDante Encyclopedia (2010)

by Richard Lansing

andsenio (“senility”). Thesefour ages correspond to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey EdD, RN, FAAN

Some of the myths of age include a lack of productivity, disengagement, inflexibility, senility, and loss of sexuality (Stone & Stone, 1997; Bythe- way, 1995) . There have been some advances in, and more attention to, the productive capabilities ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders (2001)

by Carol Turkington, Joseph Harris

Senile dementia (or “senility”) is a catchword that has been used for many years to label almost any eccentric behavior in the elderly. It has sometimes been equated with such terms as chronic brain failure, chronic brain syndrome, organic ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aging (2013)

A Comprehensive Resource in Gerontology and Geriatrics by George L. Maddox

Some of the myths of age include a lack of productivity, disengagement, inflexibility, senility, and loss of sexuality (Bytheway, 1995; Stone & Stone, 1997). There have been some advances in, and more attention to, the productive capabilities of ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Alzheimer's Disease (2009)

by Carol Turkington

senility 175 problems. Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft seem to lessen appetite, whereas Luvox does not affect a person's interest in food. Paxil has been linked to more complaints of constipation and dry mouth, and seems to trigger more pronounced ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (2017)

by Kevin L. Nadal

Senility. The ageist stereotype is that older adults inevitably become severely impaired, mentally and physically. In contrast, evidence to date supports that for most Americans over the age of 65 years, declines in some intellectual abilities are ...

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Inflation is the senility of democracies. (Sylvia T. Warner)
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Scrabble value of S1E1N1I1L1I1T1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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