- lack or loss of strength; weakness.
Origin of asthenia
Examples from the Web for asthenia
Attacks of syncope appear, and in fatal cases—which are not common—death results from asthenia.
When the eschars have become detached, suppuration exhausts the forces of the patient, and death takes place by asthenia.
Death takes place by asthenia in from six weeks to six months; occasionally within a fortnight from the apparent onset.
The disease runs a chronic course, and usually terminates in death by asthenia.
Unless the stricture is relieved the patient gradually dies from asthenia.
- pathol an abnormal loss of strength; debility
Word Origin and History for asthenia
"weakness," 1802, Modern Latin, from Greek asthenia "want of strength, weakness, feebleness, sickness; a sickness, a disease," from asthenes "weak, without strength, feeble," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + sthenos "strength," of uncertain origin.
- Loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness; debility.