[ as-then-ik ]
/ æsˈθɛn ɪk /


of, relating to, or characterized by asthenia; weak.
(of a physical type) having a slight build or slender body structure.Compare athletic(def 5), pyknic(def 1).


a person of the asthenic type.

Origin of asthenic

1780–90; < Greek asthenikós, equivalent to asthen- (see asthenia) + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for asthenic

/ (æsˈθɛnɪk) /


of, relating to, or having asthenia; weak
(in constitutional psychology) referring to a physique characterized by long limbs and a small trunk: claimed to be associated with a schizoid personalitySee also somatotype


a person having long limbs and a small trunk
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