Definition of Debility

1. Noun. The state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age).

Exact synonyms: Feebleness, Frailness, Frailty, Infirmity, Valetudinarianism
Generic synonyms: Softness, Unfitness
Specialized synonyms: Asthenia, Astheny, Cachexia, Cachexy, Wasting
Derivative terms: Debile, Debilitate, Feeble, Feeble, Frail, Infirm



Definition of Debility

1. n. The state of being weak; weakness; feebleness; languor.

Definition of Debility

1. Noun. A state of physical or mental weakness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Debility

1. weakness [n -TIES] - See also: weakness

Medical Definition of Debility

1. Weakness. Origin: L. Debilitas, fr. Debilis, weak, fr. De-priv. + habilis, able (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Debility

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1. A Dictionary of Medicine: Including General Pathology, General Therapeutics by Richard Quain, Frederick Thomas Roberts, John Mitchell Bruce, Samuel Treat Armstrong (1894)
"The body or any of its organs is said to be in a state of debility when its ... debility is frequently constitutional and inherited ; but it is more often ..."

2. On diseases of the skin: A System of Cutaneous Medicine by Erasmus Wilson (1868)
"And further investigation has shown, that constitutional debility may present itself in three forms; namely, as an assimilative debility, ..."

3. A Treatise on the Diseases of Children: With Directions for the Management by Michael Underwood, Marshall Hall (1835)
"I have seen a similar debility seize grown people, especially women, ... Attendant upon debility of the lower extremities, there is sometimes a ..."

4. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1866)
"In cases of general debility the diet may be improved by the addition of milk or fresh ... When the debility is considerable, a more nutritious animal diet ..."

5. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann (1908)
"AS MASCHKE, CLEVELAND, O. PREMATURITY and congenital debility are often looked upon as synonymous terms. However, it is apparent from the very meaning of ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1831)
"M. Broussais has shown, that the number of diseases depending on debility is very small. debility of an organ may proceed from the abstraction of its usual ..."

7. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Eye by William Lawrence (1833)
"Amaurosis from debility.—Persons who are ignorant of physiology and pathology may naturally suppose that imperfection of sight depends on weakness of the ..."

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