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/ məˈræz məs /
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noun Pathology.

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
ma·ras·mic, adjectivema·ras·moid, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for marasmus

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pathol general emaciation and wasting, esp of infants, thought to be associated with severe malnutrition or impaired utilization of nutrients
marasmic, adjective
C17: from New Latin, from Greek marasmos, from marainein to waste
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Medical definitions for marasmus

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Chronic wasting of body tissues, especially in young children, commonly due to prolonged dietary deficiency of protein and calories.athrepsia
ma•rasmic adj.
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