One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength as a result of ageing.
- ‘This is principally the result of sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and occurs to a greater degree in older women than men.’
- ‘Advancing age brings progressive loss of muscle strength, muscle mass, and muscle quality, resulting in a condition known as sarcopenia.’
- ‘Preventing sarcopenia, as well as minimizing bone loss, can improve the health of postmenopausal women.’
- ‘A new name, sarcopenia or vanishing flesh has been applied to Maude's illness.’
- ‘Strength training can prevent or aid several age-related illnesses among seniors, including the muscle destroying sarcopenia.’
1990s: from Greek sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ + penia ‘poverty’.
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