cor·​pu·​lence | \ ˈkȯr-pyə-lən(t)s How to pronounce corpulence (audio) \

Definition of corpulence

: the state of being corpulent

Examples of corpulence in a Sentence

the doctor warned that the patient's corpulence was unhealthy and not merely unattractive
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First Known Use of corpulence

1547, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corpulence

Middle English corpolence "corporeity," borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French corpulence "body size," borrowed from Medieval Latin corpulentia "stoutness, corporeity, density," going back to Latin, "stoutness," from corpulentus "of heavy build, corpulent" + -ia -ia entry 1

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“Corpulence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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cor·​pu·​lence | \ ˈkȯr-pyə-lən(t)s How to pronounce corpulence (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpulence

: the state of being excessively fat

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