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What does septuagenarian mean?

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The word "septuagenarian" refers to someone who is 70 to 79 years old. The word comes from the Latin "septuagenarius," which means "containing 70." The word "septuagenary" can also be used as an adjective to describe someone in this age group, according to Dictionary.com.

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Similar words exist for other decades of life. From the decade starting with age 10 to the decade starting with age 100, they are "denarian," "vicenarian," "tricenarian," "quadragenarian," "quinquagenarian," "sexagenarian," "septuagenarian," "octogenarian," "nonagenarian" and "centenarian." However, the words before "sexagenarian" are seldom used. The word "supercentenarian" can also be used to refer to someone who has passed age 110.

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