lack or loss of strength; weakness.

Origin of asthenia

1795–1805; < New Latin < Greek asthéneia weakness, equivalent to asthene-, stem of asthenḗs (a- a-6 + sthene-, variant stem of sthénos strength) + -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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astheny (ˈæsθənɪ)


pathol an abnormal loss of strength; debility

Word Origin for asthenia

C19: via New Latin from Greek astheneia weakness, from a- 1 + sthenos strength
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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.

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asthenia in Medicine




Loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness; debility.
Related formsas•thenic (-thĕnĭk) adj.
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