[ih-mey-shee-ey-shuh n, -see-]
- abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.
- the process of emaciating.
Origin of emaciation
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Examples from the Web for emaciation
Poverty, emaciation, and a semi-barbarism deformed the whole kingdom.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Propped up with pillows, he looked at me with the big eyes of his emaciation.Romance
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.Bruin
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
- The process of losing so much flesh as to become extremely thin; wasting.
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