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Human Growth and Development

Postnatal Development

How is senescence defined?

Senescence (from the Latin senex, meaning “old”) is the process of aging. Physiological changes continue to occur even after complete physical growth is attained at maturity. As people age, the body is less able to and less efficient in adapting to environmental changes. Maintaining homeostasis becomes harder and harder, especially when the body is under stress. Ultimately, death occurs when the combination of stresses cannot be overcome by the body’s existing homeostatic mechanisms.



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