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debility

[dih-bil-i-tee] /dɪˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural debilities.
1.
a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness:
Debility prevented him from getting out of bed.
2.
a particular mental or physical handicap; disability.
Origin of debility
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English debylite < Middle French debilite < Latin dēbilitās, equivalent to dēbil(is) weak + -itās -ity
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debility

/dɪˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
weakness or infirmity
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Word Origin and History for debility
n.

early 15c., from Middle French debilite (Modern French débilité) or directly from Latin debilitatem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," from debilis "lame, disabled, crippled," figuratively "weak, helpless," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -bilis "strength," from PIE root *bel- (see Bolshevik).

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debility in Medicine

debility de·bil·i·ty (dĭ-bĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.
The state of being weak or feeble; infirmity.

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