[ 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.
Words nearby marasmus
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
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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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Medicine 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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