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middle age

noun
1.
the period of human life between youth and old age, sometimes considered as the years between 45 and 65 or thereabout.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • And despite encroaching middle age and far too many premature deaths, they have remained enshrined as such ever since.
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  • Bars may form when galaxies collide, and they might be an indication of a galaxy reaching middle age.
  • Patients who develop diabetes before middle age generally lack the ability to produce enough insulin.
  • We've met former business majors, now nearing middle age who say they regret not having studied philosophy while at college.
  • Even though it has settled down to a stable middle age, the sun may have its vagaries.
  • Tenure means not having to worry about having to find new employment in middle age, and that means a lot to professors.
  • It is difficult to do when one is in middle age, for that is the time of commitments.
  • Yet, the prospect of landing a job in late middle age can be daunting, especially in a tight labor market.
British Dictionary definitions for middle age

middle age

noun
1.
the period of life between youth and old age, usually (in man) considered to occur approximately between the ages of 40 and 60
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Word Origin and History for middle age
n.

"period between youth and old age," late 14c.; middle-aged (adj.) first recorded c.1600.

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middle age in Medicine

middle age mid·dle age (mĭd'l)
n.
The time of human life between youth and old age, usually reckoned as the years between 40 and 60. Also called midlife.

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Encyclopedia Article for middle age

period of human adulthood that immediately precedes the onset of old age. Though the age period that defines middle age is somewhat arbitrary, differing greatly from person to person, it is generally defined as being between the ages of 40 and 60. The physiological and psychological changes experienced by a middle-aged person centre on the gradual decline of physical abilities and the awareness of mortality. In middle age, the relative potencies of past, present, and future are altered as the individual increasingly directs effort to the process of reminiscence and recollection of the past, rather than anticipation of the future. If approached constructively, middle age can prepare an individual for a satisfying and productive old age. See also psychological development.

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