emaciate

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verb ema·ci·ate \i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of emaciate

emaciated

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emaciating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to waste away physically

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin cattle emaciated by illness

  5. 2 :  to make feeble

emaciation

play \i-ˌmā-s(h)ē-ˈā-shən\ noun

Examples of emaciate in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of emaciate

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


Medical Dictionary

emaciate

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verb ema·ci·ate \i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of emaciate

emaciated

;

emaciating

  1. transitive verb

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

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to waste away physically



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