[ in-uh-nish-uh n ]
/ ˌɪn əˈnɪʃ ən /


exhaustion from lack of nourishment; starvation.
lack of vigor; lethargy.

Origin of inanition

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin inānitiōn- (stem of inānitiō). See inane, -ition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inanition

/ (ˌɪnəˈnɪʃən) /


exhaustion resulting from lack of food
mental, social, or spiritual weakness or lassitude

Word Origin for inanition

C14: from Late Latin inānītio emptiness, from Latin inānis empty; see inane
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Medical definitions for inanition

[ ĭn′ə-nĭshən ]


Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
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