Marasmus meaning

mə-răz'məs
A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food.
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A condition of progressive emaciation, esp. in infants, as from malnutrition or an inability to assimilate food.
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A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food.
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(medicine) Any wasting disease, especially a severe loss of body weight, in children, caused by malnutrition or the inability to digest protein.
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Origin of marasmus

  • New Latin from Greek marasmos from marainein to waste away mer- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition