(medicine) A state of advanced lack of adequate nutrition, food or water, or a physiological inability to utilize them; starvation.
Other Word Forms of Inanition
Origin of Inanition
Middle English inanisioun emptiness from Old French inanicion exhaustion from hunger from Late Latin inānītiō inānītiōn- emptiness from inānītus past participle of inānīre to make empty from Latin inānis empty
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French inanition, from Late Latin inānītio, from inānīre (“to make empty”), from inānis (“empty, vain”); see inane.
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