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asthenic

[as-then-ik] /æsˈθɛn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by asthenia; weak.
2.
(of a physical type) having a slight build or slender body structure.
Compare athletic (def 5), pyknic (def 1).
noun
3.
a person of the asthenic type.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Greek asthenikós, equivalent to asthen- (see asthenia) + -ikos -ic
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  • Whimsy is asthenic fantasy, a fragile, elusive quality difficult to render but easy to shatter into sentimentality.
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British Dictionary definitions for asthenic

asthenic

/æsˈθɛnɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having asthenia; weak
2.
(in constitutional psychology) referring to a physique characterized by long limbs and a small trunk: claimed to be associated with a schizoid personality See also somatotype
noun
3.
a person having long limbs and a small trunk
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Word Origin and History for asthenic
adj.

1789, from Modern Latin, from Greek asthenikos, from asthenes "weak, without strength, feeble" (see asthenia).

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