[ih-mey-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-]


abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.
the process of emaciating.

Origin of emaciation

1655–65; < Latin ēmaciāt(us) (see emaciate) + -ion
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Examples from the Web for emaciation

Historical Examples of emaciation

  • Poverty, emaciation, and a semi-barbarism deformed the whole kingdom.

  • Propped up with pillows, he looked at me with the big eyes of his emaciation.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Refugees who had hidden in the woods came to the camps in rags and emaciation.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • Not the thinness of emaciation, but that of bodily structure.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • On such occasions, he issues forth in a state of extreme weakness and emaciation.


    Mayne Reid

Word Origin and History for emaciation

1660s, from Latin emaciationem, noun of state from past participle stem of emaciare (see emaciate), or perhaps a native formation from emaciate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

emaciation in Medicine




The process of losing so much flesh as to become extremely thin; wasting.
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