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Life extension terminology

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Life extension terminology covers a broad range of terms used to discuss life extension in different contexts.

Subculture terms

Such terms have limited utility outside such a context.


A common transhumanist context will focus on radical modification technologies both current, emerging and hypothetical. These may include:

Life extension

Advocates of life extension often enthusiastically use jargon relatively inaccessible to mainstream audiences.

  • Immortalism – the avoidance of death, with the goal of immortality
  • Longevism – the desire to achieve long life, but not necessarily immortality, with science

Scientific terms

Mainstream terms

The International Society on Aging and Disease uses the slogan:

Promoting biomedical research of ageing and ageing-related diseases to improve health and longevity of the elderly population[4]


  1. Rejuvenation Research
  2. Regenerative Medicine Comes of Age
  3. Wikipedia:Geroscience
  4. The Critical Need to Promote Research of Aging and Aging-related Diseases to Improve Health and Longevity of the Elderly Population