American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A progressive wasting of the body, occurring chiefly in young children and associated with insufficient intake or malabsorption of food.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a wasting of the flesh. The term is usually restricted to cases in which the cause of the wasting is obscure.
- n. medicine Any wasting disease, especially a severe loss of body weight, in children, caused by malnutrition or the inability to digest protein
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.
- 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)
“He had got something which Mrs. Nevill Tyson had never heard of -- "marasmus," the doctor called it.”
“In rural areas, lack of proper nutrition can lead to common diseases such as marasmus, leading to chronic weight loss, and kwashiorkor, resulting from a lack of protein which leads to dangerous swelling of the feet and legs.”
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“The babies that died earlier this year had apparently suffered from severe malnutrition, kwashiorkor, pneumonia, poor sanitation and marasmus.”
“The babies in Ukhahlamba had died from severe malnutrition, kwashiorkor, pneumonia, poor sanitation and marasmus, the Department said.”
“+ Amulets, spells, sigils, and incantations, practised in other diseases, are seldom pretended in this; and we find no sigil in the Archidoxis of Paracelsus to cure an extreme consumption or marasmus, which, if other diseases fail, will put a period unto long livers, and at last makes dust of all.”
“After which, weary, and surprised at having created anything, he drops back into the marasmus of Parisian dissipation; wants become formidable; he has no strength to face them; and then he comes down from his pedestal and compromises.”
“Thus, in consequence of having followed imprudent advice, our amiable Louise was led to the terrible condition of marasmus, and sank when scarcely eighteen years old, to sleep forever.”
The physiology of taste; or Transcendental gastronomy. Illustrated by anecdotes of distinguished artists and statesmen of both continents by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Translated from the last Paris edition by Fayette Robinson.
“Art continues to be “in the marasmus,” as M. Prudhomme says, and there is no longer any place in this world for people with taste.”
“As a result of what he named “hospitalism,” Spitz described the development of a condition called “marasmus,” in which children became depressed and withdrawn, failed to thrive and develop, and in many instances became sickly and died.”
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