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. 2018

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  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 personalitySee also somatotype
  1. a person having long limbs and a small trunk
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Word Origin and History for asthenic

1789, from Modern Latin, from Greek asthenikos, from asthenes "weak, without strength, feeble" (see asthenia).

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