wasting

Definitions of wasting
  1. noun
    any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
    synonyms: cachexia, cachexy
    see moresee less
    type of:
    debility, feebleness, frailness, frailty, infirmity, valetudinarianism
    the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)
  2. noun
    a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
    synonyms: atrophy, wasting away
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    amyotrophia, amyotrophy
    progressive wasting of muscle tissues
    tabes
    wasting of the body during a chronic disease
    kraurosis
    atrophy and shriveling of the skin or mucous membrane
    kraurosis vulvae
    kraurosis of the vulva; often a precancerous lesion
    type of:
    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week