The Reason Behind The Variety Of Alternate Titles For Age Spots

September 23, 2010

Whoever acquires it and wherever in the body it may be found, age spots are age spots. Despite being the same age spot for every person who gets it, why then is it given varying titles? Each of the terms used to describe an age spot does not show any sign of change in meaning or nuance, but all of them still refer to the exact same thing. The many different names for age spots have their own reason, depending on specified variables. Here, we will talk about the terms that people most commonly apply.

The first word on the list is “Solar lentigo”. Based on the term “solar”, we are taught that an age spot is correlated to the sun. This relevance of the sun is due to its repercussions on the skin and its eventual role in the formation of age spots. In Old Middle English language, the term “lentigo” means spots that have the shape of lentils, although now, it is merely an substitute name for a freckle. Therefore, using this context, we can call age spots as “solar lentil-shaped spots” or “lentil-shaped spots caused by the sun”.

An even more conventionaltraditional term for age spots is the phrase “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 make the mistake of using the term “senile freckle” for a typical freckle for you already have knowledge of the difference between the two. In the end, we are still pointing to the very same age spot from the beginning.

Now, another term for age spots that are more applicable for health professionals’ use is “lentigo senilis”. In fact, it is indeed the official word for such medical condition. This is actually exactly the same as “senile freckle” – just the Latin version. Despite sounding really skillful when using this term, I would still prefer to use “age spots” especially on a normal day-to-day basis.

Lastly, the “liver spots”, as most of us if not all know, is the most well-known term for age spots. This term has been here for ages even before “age spots” gained its popularity. Some people have mistakenly identified age spots as a medical condition that has something to do with the liver. Indeed, for quite some time in the past, liver aberrations are believed to have caused age spots; thus, the term “liver spots” somehow prevailed.

Nevertheless, the presence of several titles for age spots does not change the fact that an age spot is still and will always be an age spot. If you don’t do something about it, it might become the permanent seal that reminds you of your bitter position at the latter half of the human lifetime.

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