The Basis Behind The Number Of Substitute Terms For Age Spots

October 11, 2010

Regardless of the type of person who has it or its position in the body, age spots are age spots. Despite being the same age spot for every individual who gets it, why then is it given varying labels? However, all of these titles do not have a disparity in their meanings and still refer to the identical age spots that we are very familiar with. The reason behind this actually depends on some important areas. Here, we will tackle the labels that people most commonly apply.

“Solar lentigo” is the first of these many labels. The name gives us a hint that the sun has something to do with an age spot. This is somehow true for most of the age spots are commonly brought about both by the overexposure of the skin to the sun’s menacing rays and aggravated by the declining ability to regenerate skin cells of the aging individual’s skin. “Lentigo” is just another way to call a freckle but in the Old Middle English Language, it refers to spots of lentil-shape. We can therefore use the terms “solar lentil-shaped spots” or “lentil-shaped spots caused by the sun” to refer to age spots if we follow this circumstance.

A more normal term for an age spot can be the word “Senile freckle”. Instead of openly indicating that aging is the cause of “AGE” spots, the term “senile freckle” is therefore a more sensitive term to use. Obviously, you should not commit the mistake of using the term “senile freckle” for a ordinary freckle for you already have knowledge of the difference between the two. It is nevertheless still the same old age spot, and can be quite comically depressing if you think about how the term is used on some people.

Now, another term for age spots that are more suitable for health professionals’ use is “lentigo senilis”. Doctors, nurses and all the other health professionals actually are educated and instructed to call this medical abnormality as “lentigo senilis”, the certified term. This is actually perfectly the same as “senile freckle” – just the Latin version. I wouldn’t try replacing “age spots” with it on casual conversations though, because you’d definitely sound some sort of a medical term geek.

Another commonly used term for age spots is the “liver spot”. Before everyone started using the term “age spots”, people commonly used the term “liver spots”. Since the word liver is present in the term, some thought that the liver is pertinent to age spots. Indeed, for quite some time in the past, liver abnormalities are believed to have caused age spots; thus, the term “liver spots” somehow prevailed.

But regardless of how you call an age spot, it is still an age spot. To avoid future regrets, solve this problem now.

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