Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness; debility.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, debility; want of strength. Also astheny.
  • noun [capitalized] In zoology, a genus of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Want or loss of strength; debility; diminution of the vital forces.

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  • noun medicine weakness; loss of strength

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an abnormal loss of strength

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Greek astheneia, from asthenēs, weak : a-, without; see a– + sthenos, strength; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek ἀσθένεια (asthénia), from ἀσθενής (asthenḗs, "sick, weak"), from ἀ- (a, "not, un-") + σθένος (thénos, "strength").

Examples

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  • "'Strychnin sic in large doses hypodermically had a distinct value in the existing asthenia....'"

    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 358

    February 17, 2009