Inanition meaning

ĭnə-nĭshən
The condition or quality of being empty.
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Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
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The condition or quality of being empty.
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Emptiness.
  • Exhaustion from lack of food or an inability to assimilate it.
  • Lack of strength or spirit.
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Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
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(medicine) A state of advanced lack of adequate nutrition, food or water, or a physiological inability to utilize them; starvation.
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(philosophy) A spiritual emptiness or lack of purpose or will to live, akin to the Existentialist Philosophy state of "nausea".
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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.

    From Wiktionary