adynamic

adjective

ady·​nam·​ic ˌā-(ˌ)dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce adynamic (audio)
ˌa-də-ˈna-
: characterized by or causing a loss of strength or function
adynamic ileus

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French adynamique, from adynamie "asthenia caused by disease" (borrowed from Greek adynamía "lack of strength, debility," from a- a- entry 2 + -dynamia, form in composition of dýnamis "force, power") + -ique -ic entry 1 — more at dynamic entry 1

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adynamic was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Adynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adynamic. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

adynamic

adjective
: characterized by or causing a loss of strength or function
adynamic fevers such as typhoid
adynamic ileus
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