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Noun. Mid-18th century.
[French caducité, from caduc from Latin caducus liable to fall, perishable, from cadere to fall.]
1 The infirmity of old age, senility. M18
2 generally. Tendency to fall; transitoriness; frailty. L18
3 LAW. The lapse of a testamentary gift. L19
Caducity is an incongruously pretty word for the ugly consequences of aging, including both general senility and the increased risk of falling. Anyone that's witnessed an elderly relative after a serious fall knows the impact it has on their confidence, as daily tasks like bathing or climbing the stairs suddenly become ominous and frightening. As for senility, and specifically senile dementia, the heartbreaking deterioration of a once-bright mind is one of the greatest tragedies of the human condition.
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