American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or exhibiting asthenia; weak.
- adj. Having a slender, lightly muscled physique.
- n. A person having such a physique.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of asthenia; characterized by or suffering from asthenia or debility; weak.
- n. One who is asthenic or physically undeveloped or run down.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Med.) Characterized by, or pertaining to, debility; weak; debilitating.
- adj. lacking strength or vigor
- adj. having a slender physique
“This complaint, which I would call asthenic catarrh, requires directly opposite treatment from the inflammatory or sthenic catarrh.”
“Powerfully depressing emotions, which are called by Kant "asthenic," such as great and sudden sorrow, grief, or fright, have a pronounced effect on the vital functions, at times even causing death.”
“I got one wrong too, but in my case it was asthenic which tripped me up.”
“On one occasion, after a spontaneous outburst of appreciation, he said in palliation of his enthusiasm, “Pardon me, but this is an asthenic age — and true-hearted men are rare.””
“They would have loved Spider, because he was a perfect asthenic: lean with long limbs, long face, narrow trunk.”
“By contrast, the Gorgons seemed stately and dour, with sheirl Zuranie a frail asthenic wraith.”
“Tch, tch," DeCastros said, "can anyone really be so asthenic as you seem, Mr. Wordsley?”
“Certain individuals pass in a few years from psychasthenic depression with doubts and obsessions to psychasthenic deliriums with stubbornness and negativism, then to asthenic insanity with irremediable and complete want of power.”
“Whatever be the disorders you may consider, aboulias, hysterical accidents, psychasthenic obsessions, periodical depressions, melancholics, systematized deliriums, asthenic insanity, you will always find a number of facts resulting from this general perturbation.”
“_Chronic cases, and others of an asthenic character_, are often very stubborn under the medicines of pharmacy, and are commonly the dread of physicians; yet, under scientific treatment by electricity, they rarely fail to lose their formidable character and to become obedient to the remedial agent.”
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