debilitating

adjective de·bil·i·tat·ing \ di-ˈbi-lə-ˌtā-tiŋ , dē- \

Definition of debilitating

: causing serious impairment of strength or ability to function
  • debilitating pain
  • a debilitating fear of public speaking
  • a debilitating illness
  • Thirty years have passed since a vaccine wiped out polio, but some of those who conquered the debilitating disease as children are now experiencing symptoms that seem all too familiar.
  • —Fay Knicely
  • Several of these drugs are now in clinical testing to determine whether they can reduce or eliminate the debilitating nausea suffered by cancer patients on chemotherapy.
  • —Ron Cowen

debilitatingly

adverb
    • Debilitatingly asthmatic as a child, Scarfe developed his talent while amusing himself and acquired the cynicism for authority that empowers his … drawings and sculpture during many frightening encounters with medical incompetence.
    • —Ray Olson

First Known Use of debilitating

1641

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