emaciation

Becoming abnormally thin from extreme loss of flesh. SYN: wasting (1). [L. e-macio, pp. -atus, to make thin]

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ema·ci·a·tion i-.mā-s(h)ē-'ā-shən n
1) the process of making or becoming emaciated
2) the state of being emaciated esp a wasted condition of the body

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n.
wasting of the body, caused by such conditions as malnutrition, tuberculosis, cancer, or parasitic worms.

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ema·ci·a·tion (e-ma″she-aґshən) [L. emaciare to make lean] excessive leanness; a wasted condition of the body.

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  • Emaciation — E*ma ci*a tion, n. [Cf. F. [ e]maciation.] 1. The act of making very lean. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being emaciated or reduced to excessive leanness; an excessively lean condition. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • emaciation — index deterioration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • emaciation — (n.) 1660s, from L. emaciationem, from emaciare (see EMACIATE (Cf. emaciate)), or perhaps a native noun of action formation from emaciate …   Etymology dictionary

  • émaciation — émacié, iée [ emasje ] adj. • 1560; lat. emaciatus, de macies « maigreur » ♦ Très amaigri, marqué par un amaigrissement extrême. ⇒ hâve, 1. maigre, squelettique. Un visage émacié. N. f. ÉMACIATION , 1564 . ⊗ CONTR. Bouffi, gras. ● émaciation nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • émaciation — (é ma si a sion) s. f. Terme didactique. Amaigrissement. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   La cause de la claudication et de l emaciation [du membre] est que...., PARÉ XXI, 12. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Voy. émacié …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • emaciation — emaciated ► ADJECTIVE ▪ abnormally thin and weak. DERIVATIVES emaciation noun. ORIGIN from Latin emaciare make thin …   English terms dictionary

  • emaciation — noun see emaciate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • emaciation — excessive leanness or wasting of body tissue …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • emaciation — /i may shee ay sheuhn, see /, n. 1. abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease. 2. the process of emaciating. [1655 65; < L emaciat(us) (see EMACIATE) + ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • emaciation — noun a) The act of making very lean. b) The state of being emaciated or reduced to excessive leanness; an excessively lean condition. See Also: emaciate …   Wiktionary

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