emaciate

verb
ema·​ci·​ate | \ i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce emaciate (audio) , -ˈmā-sē-\
emaciated; emaciating

Definition of emaciate

transitive verb

1 : to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin cattle emaciated by illness
2 : to make feeble

intransitive verb

: to waste away physically

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Other Words from emaciate

emaciation \ i-​ˌmā-​sē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce emaciation (audio) , -​ˌmā-​sē-​ \ noun

Examples of emaciate in a Sentence

without adequate medical supplies, doctors could only look on helplessly as cholera victims continued to emaciate

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Since the creature seemed healthy and wasn't emaciated, police released him in a wooded area nearby. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Police called it a meth-fueled attack squirrel. An Alabama fugitive says it’s his beloved pet.," 21 June 2019 Since the creature seemed healthy and wasn't emaciated, police released him in a wooded area nearby. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Police called it a meth-fueled attack squirrel. An Alabama fugitive says it’s his beloved pet.," 21 June 2019 Since the creature seemed healthy and wasn't emaciated, police released him in a wooded area nearby. al.com, "Fugitive owner of Alabama attack squirrel: ‘I miss him hard’," 20 June 2019 The Herald-Times quotes Monroe County authorities as saying the boy was emaciated and had bruises on his body. Chicago Tribune, Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 June 2019 While at the home, police and found a male and female boxer-mix dogs that were emaciated and had wounds caused by insects, according to the release. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "5-year-old accidentally shot by 8-year-old while playing with uncle's gun: police," 6 June 2018 And yes, a pestilence-ravaged, emaciated Prior, abandoned by Louis, his squeamish lover, can have his ceiling crack in two as an Angel (Francesca Faridany) bursts through, endowing him with a terrible, incomprehensible prophecy. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley Rep revives ‘Angels in America,’ in all its soaring spirit," 29 Apr. 2018 But the Atlantic was emaciated, with absolutely no body fat. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "8 months after farmed-fish escape, lively Atlantic salmon caught 40 miles upriver," 20 Apr. 2018 The Lake Huron king salmon, emaciated as their favorite prey became harder to find, migrated to Lake Michigan in search of alewives. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Invasive mussels help Lake Michigan surpass Superior in clarity but threaten food chain," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of emaciate

1646, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for emaciate

Latin emaciatus, past participle of emaciare, from e- + macies leanness, from macer lean — more at meager

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emaciate

verb
ema·​ci·​ate | \ i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce emaciate (audio) \
emaciated; emaciating

Medical Definition of emaciate

transitive verb

: to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin

intransitive verb

: to waste away physically

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