Age spots are age spots no matter who has them, and regardless of wherever they are found. Despite this, age spots are still known for other names. 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. If you consider some other important aspects, you will see that there is reasonable cause for having various terms for age spots. And for this article, we’ll talk about some of the most commonly used alternate names for age spots.
“Solar lentigo” is the first of these many names. Based on the term “solar”, we are taught that an age spot is related to the sun. 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 damaging rays and aggravated by the declining ability to regenerate skin cells of the aging individual’s skin. 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 circumstance, we can call age spots as “solar lentil-shaped spots” or “lentil-shaped spots caused by the sun”.
An even more usual term for age spots is the phrase “senile freckle”. This term somewhat holds a rather subtle tone than the word “AGE spots”, which definitely has no sign whatsoever of even hiding the origin of such skin lesion. Obviously, you should not commit the mistake of using the term “senile freckle” for a common 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.
On the medical side of things, age spots are commonly referred to as “lentigo senilis”. It is apparently the certified medical term for this skin alteration. Basing on the previous names that we have given, we can only guess that it is the Latin version of the word “Senile freckle”. Despite sounding really skillful when using this term, I would still prefer to use “age spots” especially on a normal day-to-day basis.
Now, we focus our attention to the most prominent term for age spots – the “liver spots”. This term has been quite in used for a very long time, and is in fact the term used well before we could have used “age spots” colloquially. Some people have mistakenly identified age spots as a medical condition that has something to do with the liver. The term “liver spots” seemed to have endured to this day because historically, some people did actually believe that age spots are caused by aberrations.
Whatever you prefer to use to refer to age spots, an age spot remains the same. 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.