-esce, -escent, -escence
(Latin: beginning to be, becoming; to be somewhat; a suffix that forms nouns and adjectives)
"When Mark stumbled and fell down, he had a rubescence on his face because he was so embarrassed."
2. Sparkling or twinkling.
Even though the trees in the forest had senesced they were in fact still healthy and green.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
In human life, senescence is equated with the period of functional-bodily decline that precedes death, with the appearance of age-related diseases.2. The normal process or condition of aging, as distinguished from the effects of disease in advanced years: The gerontologist, Dr. McMahon, met with Mrs. Nelson to discuss the senescence that she was experiencing, now that she was well over 95 years old.
3. Etymology: from Latin senescere, “to grow old” from senex, "old."
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"People don't grow old. When they stop growing, they become old."
And middle age ends
The day your descendants
Outnumber your friends.
People are the only creatures on earth who can change their biology by what they think and feel
It would be impossible to isolate a single thought or feeling, a single belief or assumption, that doesn't have some effect on aging, either directly or indirectly.
Because the mind influences every cell in the body, human aging is fluid and changeable; it can speed up, slow down, stop for a time, and even reverse itself.
"Seven Ages of Man" or "All the World's a Stage"
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling (whimpering, sobbing) and puking in the nurse's arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like a snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard (leopard),
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon (tender chicken) lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws (proverbs) and modern instances (examples);
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon (old fool),
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans* teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.
The sonoluminescent bubbles in the thick liquid in the test tube appeared like bright and instant glowing brilliances that quickly disappeared.
2. Characteristic of tabes.
By measuring the amount of thermoluminescent gleaming that is given off, the duration of exposure to radiation can be determined; so, it has been used to determine the age of various minerals and archaeological artifacts.