Definition of Marasmus

1. Noun. Extreme malnutrition and emaciation (especially in children); can result from inadequate intake of food or from malabsorption or metabolic disorders.

Generic synonyms: Malnutrition

Definition of Marasmus

1. n. A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis.

Definition of Marasmus

1. Noun. (medicine) Any wasting disease, especially a severe loss of body weight, in children, caused by malnutrition or the inability to digest protein ¹

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Definition of Marasmus

1. a wasting away of the body [n -ES] : MARASMIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Marasmus

1. A wasting of flesh without fever or apparent disease; a kind of consumption; atrophy; phthisis. "Pining atrophy, Marasmus, and wide-wasting pestilence." (Milton) Marasmus senilis [L], progressive atrophy of the aged. Origin: NL, fr. Gr, fr, to quench, as fire; pass, to die away. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Marasmus

marantic atrophy
marantic endocarditis
marantic oedema
marasca cherry
maraschino cherry
marasmic thrombosis
marasmic thrombus
marasmus (current term)
marathon group psychotherapy
marathon runner

Literary usage of Marasmus

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1. Obstetrics for nurses by Joseph Bolivar De Lee (1917)
"marasmus.—This term is used to designate those cases of simple but obstinate ... Pronounced cases of marasmus do not occur as early as the period with which ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"Rabbits and monkeys are very susceptible, whereas dogs .and goals are extraordinarily immune. THE RELATION OF THE THYMUS GLAND TO marasmus. BY WM. ..."

3. A Manual of General Pathology: For the Use of Students and Practitioners of by Ernst Wagner (1876)
"marasmus AS A RESULT OF DISEASE. A general representation of this marasmus is impossible ; it is much more necessary, in individual cases, to look for its ..."

4. The Journal of Foreign Medical Science and Literature edited by Samuel Emlen (1819)
"Practical Observations on the Nature and Treatment of marasmus, and of those Disorder., allied to it which may be strictly denominated Bilious. ..."

5. Animal Chemistry with Reference to the Physiology and Pathology of Man by Johann Franz Simon (1846)
"... has published an analysis of the urine in a case of marasmus senilis accompanied with gangrene. It contained in 1000 parts : Water . ..."

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