wasting

adjective wast·ing \ ˈwā-stiŋ \

Definition of wasting

1 : laying waste : devastating
2 : undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength
  • wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

First Known Use of wasting

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1

wasting

adjective wast·ing \ ˈwā-stiŋ \

medical Definition of wasting

: undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength
  • wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

2

wasting

noun

medical Definition of wasting

: unintended loss of weight and lean body tissue characteristic of many diseases (as cancer, tuberculosis, and AIDS) : gradual loss of strength or substance : atrophy


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