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[ih-mey-shee-eyt] /ɪˈmeɪ ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), emaciated, emaciating.
to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.
Origin of emaciate
1640-50; < Latin ēmaciātus, wasted away, equivalent to ē- e-1 + maciātus, past participle of maciāre to produce leanness (maci(ēs) leanness + -ātus -ate1) Unabridged
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(usually transitive) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
Derived Forms
emaciation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin
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Word Origin and History for emaciate

1620s (implied in emaciating), from Latin emaciatus, past participle of emaciare "make lean, waste away," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + macies "leanness," from macer "thin" (see macro-). Related: Emaciated; emaciating.

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