borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek asthéneia "weakness, debility," from asthene-, stem of asthenḗs "weak, feeble" (from a- a- entry 2 + -sthenēs,) adjective derivative of sthénos "strength, power" (of obscure origin) + -ia -ia entry 1
1789, in the meaning defined above
as the need arises
“Asthenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthenia. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.
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