- malnutrition occurring in infants and young children, caused by insufficient intake of calories or protein and characterized by thinness, dry skin, poor muscle development, and irritability.
Origin of marasmus
Examples from the Web for marasmus
The nation, as it were, sickened in a marasmus of intellectual inbreeding.
Marasmus is a condition in which the ingested food seems to fail to nourish the body and gradual wasting away occurs.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
Inanition or marasmus is the usual cause of death in uncomplicated cases.
Symptoms of anmia and marasmus, or of chronic exudative peritonitis, or of chronic pleurisy.
As the disease progresses the patient loses flesh and strength, and usually dies in a condition of marasmus.
- pathol general emaciation and wasting, esp of infants, thought to be associated with severe malnutrition or impaired utilization of nutrients
Word Origin and History for marasmus
"wasting away of the body," 1650s, Modern Latin, from Greek marasmos "a wasting away, withering, decay," from marainein "to quench, weaken, wither," from PIE root *mer- "to rub away, harm" (see morbid). Maras (n.) evidently in the same sense is attested from mid-15c. Related: Marasmic.
- Chronic wasting of body tissues, especially in young children, commonly due to prolonged dietary deficiency of protein and calories.athrepsia