Definition of Athrepsia
1. n. Profound debility of children due to lack of food and to unhygienic surroundings.
Medical Definition of Athrepsia
1. 1. Obsolete term for marasmus. 2. As used by Ehrlich, immunity to transplanted neoplastic cells due to a lack of nourishment in the sense of a deficiency of supposed substances required for the development of such cells. Synonym: atrepsy. Origin: G. A-priv. + threpsis, nourishment (05 Mar 2000)