a condition of progressive emaciation, esp. in infants, as from malnutrition or an inability to assimilate food
Origin of marasmusMedieval Latin ; from Classical Greek marasmos, a wasting away ; from marainein, to quench, cause to waste away: see mare
A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food.
Origin of marasmusNew Latin, from Greek marasmos, from marainein, to waste away; see mer- in Indo-European roots.