The nation, as it were, sickened in a marasmus of intellectual inbreeding.
Inanition or marasmus is the usual cause of death in uncomplicated cases.
marasmus, ma-raz′mus, n. a wasting of flesh without apparent disease, a kind of consumption.
Symptoms of anmia and marasmus, or of chronic exudative peritonitis, or of chronic pleurisy.
The same thing occurs more slowly in the condition commonly known as marasmus.
As the disease progresses the patient loses flesh and strength, and usually dies in a condition of marasmus.
marasmus is a condition in which the ingested food seems to fail to nourish the body and gradual wasting away occurs.
The stomach may participate with other organs in the general atrophy attending inanition and marasmus.
It is usually much sunken in inflammation of the brain or in severe exhausting diarrhea or marasmus.
The rapidity with which emaciation, hydrops, and marasmus occur in severe cases is thus easily accounted for.
"wasting away of the body," 1650s, Modern Latin, from Greek marasmos "a wasting away, withering, decay," from marainein "to quench, weaken, wither," from PIE root *mer- "to rub away, harm" (see morbid). Maras (n.) evidently in the same sense is attested from mid-15c. Related: Marasmic.
marasmus ma·ras·mus (mə-rāz'məs)
Chronic wasting of body tissues, especially in young children, commonly due to prolonged dietary deficiency of protein and calories. Also called athrepsia.