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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. 2017.
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  • The hmatemesis continued for some days, and then feebleness and emaciation set in, death occurring in three months.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • Dyspepsia and general debility and emaciation accompanied the disease.

    The Electric Bath George M. Schweig
  • The skin is of a leaden gray colour, and the features of the face are deformed by the emaciation of the lips and cheeks.

    History of Embalming J. N. Gannal
  • His face was growing thin, almost to emaciation, and his hands were transparent.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • Always slender, he was shadowy now, worn and thin to emaciation.

    Dixie After the War Myrta Lockett Avary
  • emaciation becomes obvious in the later stage of the disease.

  • If he had been a man the pallor and emaciation might have indicated tuberculosis, although he did not cough.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • I had seen him frequently, and he was pale and thin to emaciation.

  • It was a very tall man, thin almost to emaciation, with long arms and big hands and feet.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • This will be accompanied by fever, colic, emaciation and only too often followed by death.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
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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