Meaning of sarcopenia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɑːkəʊˈpiːnɪə/


mass nounMedicine
  • 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.’
    • ‘Strength training can prevent or aid several age-related illnesses among seniors, including the muscle destroying sarcopenia.’
    • ‘A new name, sarcopenia or vanishing flesh has been applied to Maude's illness.’
    • ‘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.’


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