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1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1
borrowed from New Latin asthenicus, borrowed from Greek asthenikós, from asthen-, stem of asthenḗs "weak, feeble" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at asthenia
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“Asthenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthenic. Accessed 24 May. 2020.
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