[ muh-raz-muh s ]
/ məˈræz məs /
malnutrition occurring in infants and young children, caused by insufficient intake of calories or protein and characterized by thinness, dry skin, poor muscle development, and irritability.
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Origin of marasmus
1650–60; < New Latin < Greek marasmós a wasting away, akin to maraínein to weaken, waste away
OTHER WORDS FROM marasmusma·ras·mic, adjectivema·ras·moid, adjective
Words nearby marasmus
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British Dictionary definitions for marasmic
/ (məˈræzməs) /
pathol general emaciation and wasting, esp of infants, thought to be associated with severe malnutrition or impaired utilization of nutrients
Derived forms of marasmusmarasmic, adjective
Word Origin for marasmus
C17: from New Latin, from Greek marasmos, from marainein to waste
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Medical definitions for marasmic
[ mə-răz′məs ]
Chronic wasting of body tissues, especially in young children, commonly due to prolonged dietary deficiency of protein and calories.athrepsia
Other words from marasmusma•ras′mic adj.
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