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[as-thee-nee-uh] /æsˈθi ni ə/
lack or loss of strength; weakness.
Origin of asthenia
1795-1805; < New Latin < Greek asthéneia weakness, equivalent to asthene-, stem of asthenḗs (a- a-6 + sthene-, variant stem of sthénos strength) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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  • In some patients, this asthenia is characterized by drowsiness or apathy.
British Dictionary definitions for asthenia


(pathol) an abnormal loss of strength; debility
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek astheneia weakness, from a-1 + sthenos strength
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Word Origin and History for asthenia

"weakness," 1802, Modern Latin, from Greek asthenia "want of strength, weakness, feebleness, sickness; a sickness, a disease," from asthenes "weak, without strength, feeble," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + sthenos "strength," of uncertain origin.

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asthenia in Medicine

asthenia as·the·ni·a (ās-thē'nē-ə)
Loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness; debility.

as·then'ic (-thěn'ĭk) adj.
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