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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists


 
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-51
Ageing and its implications


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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P Jayanthi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, 2/102, East Coast Road, Uthandi, Chennai - 600 119
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.72500

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Ageing processes are defined as those that increase the susceptibility of individuals, as they grow older, to the factors that eventually lead to death. It is a complex multi-factorial process, where several factors may interact simultaneously and may operate at many levels of functional organization. The heterogeneity of ageing phenotype among individuals of the same species and differences in longevity among species are due to the contribution of both genetic and environmental factors in shaping the life span. The various theories of ageing and their proposed roles are discussed in this review.


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