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asthenic

[ as-then-ik ]
/ æsˈθɛn ɪk /
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adjective

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).

noun

a person of the asthenic type.

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Origin of asthenic

1780–90; <Greek asthenikós, equivalent to asthen- (see asthenia) + -ikos-ic
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British Dictionary definitions for asthenic

asthenic
/ (æsˈθɛnɪk) /

adjective

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

noun

a person having long limbs and a small trunk
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