wasting

adjective

wast·​ing ˈwā-stiŋ How to pronounce wasting (audio)
1
: laying waste : devastating
2
: undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength
wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

Examples of wasting in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wasting was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wasting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasting. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

wasting

1 of 2 adjective
wast·​ing ˈwā-stiŋ How to pronounce wasting (audio)
: undergoing or causing decay or loss of strength
wasting diseases such as tuberculosis

wasting

2 of 2 noun
: 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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