from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any wasting disease, especially a severe loss of body weight, in children, caused by malnutrition or the inability to digest protein
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a wasting of the flesh.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme malnutrition and emaciation (especially in children); can result from inadequate intake of food or from malabsorption or metabolic disorders
New Latin, from Greek marasmos, from marainein, to waste away.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)