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emaciation

[ih-mey-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-] /ɪˌmeɪ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən, -si-/
noun
1.
abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.
2.
the process of emaciating.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin ēmaciāt(us) (see emaciate) + -ion
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Examples for emaciation
  • She's turned all brittle and cynical, and she's thin to the point of emaciation.
Word Origin and History for emaciation
emaciation
1660s, from L. emaciationem, from emaciare (see emaciate).
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emaciation in Medicine

emaciation e·ma·ci·a·tion (ĭ-mā'shē-ā'shən)
n.
The process of losing so much flesh as to become extremely thin; wasting.

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