[ ih-mey-shee-eyt ]
/ ɪˈmeɪ ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing.

to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.

Words nearby emaciate

Origin of emaciate

1640–50; < Latin ēmaciātus, wasted away, equivalent to ē- e-1 + maciātus, past participle of maciāre to produce leanness (maci(ēs) leanness + -ātus -ate1)
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British Dictionary definitions for emaciate

/ (ɪˈmeɪsɪˌeɪt) /


(usually tr) to become or cause to become abnormally thin

Derived forms of emaciate

emaciation, noun

Word Origin for emaciate

C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin
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