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
Recent Examples on the Web Many were emaciated, unlike the examples in the current study. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "Sunspots and Stranded Whales: A Bizarre Correlation," 25 Feb. 2020 Three of them were severely malnourished and the rest were emaciated, according to the Sheriff's Office. James Carr, azcentral, "Golden Valley woman faces 11 counts of animal cruelty after deputies find dead horse," 21 Feb. 2020 Detectives noted that much of the food in the home was locked away and that James' body was emaciated when found. Sarah Sarder, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area 12-year-old allegedly tortured to death in Montana by grandparents, uncle," 18 Feb. 2020 Scores of common murres, one of the most prolific seabirds, washed up on beaches, and many were emaciated, the researchers said. oregonlive, "‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds," 21 Jan. 2020 The 6-month-old calico and her sibling were found to be emaciated, with low body temperatures and stomach issues. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Ozzy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 22 Nov. 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 Rocket was an owner surrender that came to Wizard of Paws Wildlife emaciated, with a collar growing into his neck. Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star, "3 of the rarest dogs in the world live in Beech Grove — and they can sing!," 27 Aug. 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

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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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The first known use of emaciate was in 1646

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“Emaciate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emaciate. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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