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[ih-mey-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-] /ɪˌmeɪ ʃiˈeɪ ʃən, -si-/
abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.
the process of emaciating.
Origin of emaciation
1655-65; < Latin ēmaciāt(us) (see emaciate) + -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Poverty, emaciation, and a semi-barbarism deformed the whole kingdom.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • Propped up with pillows, he looked at me with the big eyes of his emaciation.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Refugees who had hidden in the woods came to the camps in rags and emaciation.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • Not the thinness of emaciation, but that of bodily structure.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • On such occasions, he issues forth in a state of extreme weakness and emaciation.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • Dyspepsia and general debility and emaciation accompanied the disease.

    The Electric Bath George M. Schweig
  • All this, however, was as nothing compared with the gauntness and emaciation of the man.

    The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" Harry Collingwood
  • His face was growing thin, almost to emaciation, and his hands were transparent.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • They were in a more wretched state of filth and emaciation than their predecessors.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Always slender, he was shadowy now, worn and thin to emaciation.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary
Word Origin and History for emaciation

1660s, from Latin emaciationem, noun of state from past participle stem of emaciare (see emaciate), or perhaps a native formation from emaciate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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emaciation in Medicine

emaciation e·ma·ci·a·tion (ĭ-mā'shē-ā'shən)
The process of losing so much flesh as to become extremely thin; wasting.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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