Definition of Senile

1. Adjective. Mentally or physically infirm with age. "His mother was doddering and frail"

Exact synonyms: Doddering, Doddery, Gaga
Similar to: Old
Derivative terms: Senility, Senility



Definition of Senile

1. a. Of or pertaining to old age; proceeding from, or characteristic of, old age; affected with the infirmities of old age; as, senile weakness.

Definition of Senile

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to old age. ¹

2. Adjective. (often offensive) Exhibiting the deterioration in mind and body often accompanying old age; doddering. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Senile

1. one who exhibits senility [n -S]

Medical Definition of Senile

1. Of or pertaining to old age; proceeding from, or characteristic of, old age; affected with the infirmities of old age; as, senile weakness. "Senile maturity of judgment. " Senile gangrene, a form of gangrene occuring particularly in old people, and caused usually by insufficient blood supply due to degeneration of the walls of the smaller arteries. Origin: L. Senilis, from senex, gen. Senis, old, an old man: cf. F. Senile. See Senior. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Senile

senescing
senga root
sengi
sengierite
sengis
sengreen
sengreens
senhora
senhoras
senhores
senhorita
senhoritas
senhors
senicide
senie
senile (current term)
senile amyloidosis
senile arteriosclerosis
senile atrophoderma
senile atrophy
senile cataract
senile chorea
senile degeneration
senile delirium
senile dementia
senile dental caries
senile deterioration
senile dwarfism
senile ectasia
senile emphysema

Literary usage of Senile

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1. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1896)
"This second group is again subdivided into : A. Cases of senile Dementia, ... B. Cases of senile Dementia which set in with apoplexies or other focal ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1890)
"The symptoms associated with these changes are : senile tremor, ... Progressive senile paraplegia in its fully developed form seems to be quite rare. ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1864)
"senile Dementia.—At the end of an elaborate memoir on senile dementia and its difference ... senile dementia does not constitute a distinct morbid state. ..."

4. The Unsound Mind and the Law: A Presentation of Forensic Psychiatry by George W. Jacoby (1918)
"(2) A Beginning senile Dementia. The diagnosis in senile dementia is based upon the ... The pre-senile paranoiac usually remains permanently upon a certain ..."

5. Nervous and Mental Diseases by Archibald Church, Frederick Peterson (1914)
"senile DEMENTIA. This is a progressive mental enfeeblement at the period of ... Mental stress and physical illness, together with the senile involution ..."

6. Nervous and mental diseases by Archibald Church, Frederick Peterson (1911)
"senile DEMENTIA. This is a progressive mental enfeeblement at the period of ... Mental stress and physical illness, together with the senile involution, ..."

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