Definition of sarcopenia in US English:

sarcopenia

noun

Medicine
  • Loss of muscle tissue as a natural part of the aging process.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

1990s: from Greek sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ + penia ‘poverty’.

Pronunciation

sarcopenia

/ˌsärkəˈpēnēə/