[ as-then-ik ]

  1. of, relating to, or characterized by asthenia; weak.

  2. (of a physical type) having a slight build or slender body structure.: Compare athletic (def. 5), pyknic (def. 1).

  1. a person of the asthenic type.

Origin of asthenic

1780–90; <Greek asthenikós, equivalent to asthen- (see asthenia) + -ikos-ic

Words Nearby asthenic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use asthenic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for asthenic


/ (æsˈθɛnɪk) /

  1. of, relating to, or having asthenia; weak

  2. (in constitutional psychology) referring to a physique characterized by long limbs and a small trunk: claimed to be associated with a schizoid personality: See also somatotype

  1. a person having long limbs and a small trunk

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