emaciate

verb ema·ci·ate \ i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt , -ˈmā-sē- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of emaciate

emaciated; emaciating
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

emaciation

play \i-ˌmā-sē-ˈā-shən, -ˌmā-sē-\ 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

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Medical Dictionary

emaciate

verb ema·ci·ate \ i-ˈmā-shē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of emaciate

emaciated; emaciating
transitive verb
: to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin
intransitive verb
: to waste away physically


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