emaciate

emaciate

[ih-mey-shee-eyt]
verb (used with object), emaciated, emaciating.
to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin ēmaciātus, wasted away, equivalent to ē- e-1 + maciātus, past participle of maciāre to produce leanness (maci(ēs) leanness + -ātus -ate1)

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emaciate (ɪˈmeɪsɪˌeɪt)
 
vb
(usually tr) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
 
[C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin]
 
emaci'ation
 
n

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emaciate
1640s, from L. emaciatus, pp. of emaciare "make lean, waste away," from ex- "out" + macies "leanness," from macer "thin" (see macro-).
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