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Definition of Secondary Aging

(noun) The type of aging caused by disease, exposure to environmental hazards, lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and other unhealthy habits such as excessive alcohol intake and smoking.

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Secondary Aging Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sec·ond·ar·y ag·ing

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sEk-uhn-dair-ee AY-jing/
  • British English – /sE-kuhn-duh-ree AY-jing/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsɛkənˌdɛri ˈeɪʤɪŋ/
  • British English – /ˈsɛkəndəri ˈeɪʤɪŋ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: secondary agings
  • The act or process of aging is called senescence.
  • Secondary aging is contrasted to primary aging.

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Cite the Definition of Secondary Aging

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary aging.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 6, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-aging/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

secondary aging. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-aging/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “secondary aging.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 6, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-aging/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“secondary aging.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 6 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/secondary-aging/>.