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wasting

[ wey-sting ]
/ ˈweɪ stɪŋ /
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adjective

gradually reducing the fullness and strength of the body: a wasting disease.
laying waste; devastating; despoiling: the ravages of a wasting war.

noun

Geology. mass wasting.

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Origin of wasting

1200–50; Middle English; see waste, -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM wasting

wast·ing·ly, adverbwast·ing·ness, nounnon·wast·ing, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wasting

wasting
/ (ˈweɪstɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) reducing the vitality, strength, or robustness of the bodya wasting disease

Derived forms of wasting

wastingly, adverb
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Medical definitions for wasting

wasting
[ wāstĭng ]

adj.

Gradually deteriorating; declining.
Sapping the strength or substance of the body, as a disease; emaciating.

n.

Emaciation.
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