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Marasmus

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Marasmus

(Science: medicine) a wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis. Pining atrophy, marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence. (Milton) marasmus senilis [L], progressive atrophy of the aged.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr, fr, to quench, as fire; pass, to die away.