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dotage

[doh-tij] /ˈdoʊ tɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility.
2.
excessive fondness; foolish affection.
Origin of dotage
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see dote, -age
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dotage

/ˈdəʊtɪdʒ/
noun
1.
feebleness of mind, esp as a result of old age
2.
foolish infatuation
Word Origin
C14: from dote + -age
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Word Origin and History for dotage
n.

"the state of one who dotes," c.1300; see dote + -age. Originally of all sorts of mental impairment, not just that resulting from old age. First recorded late 14c. for "senility."

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dotage in Medicine

dotage dot·age (dō'tĭj)
n.
The loss of previously intact mental powers; senility. Also called anility.

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