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debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbi-lə-tē, dē-\

Simple Definition of debility

  • : physical weakness caused by illness or old age

Full Definition of debility

plural de·bil·i·ties

Examples of debility

  1. The disease leads to debility but rarely kills.

  2. the debilities of elderly people



Origin of debility

Middle English debilite, from Middle French debilité, from Latin debilitat-, debilitas, from debilis, from de- de- + -bilis; akin to Sanskrit bala strength


First Known Use: 15th century


DEBILITY Defined for Kids

debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of debility

plural de·bil·i·ties

  1. :  a weakened state especially of health




Medical Dictionary

debility

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noun de·bil·i·ty \di-ˈbil-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of debility

plural de·bil·i·ties

  1. :  the quality or state of being weak, feeble, or infirm; especially :  physical weakness





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