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marasmus

Line breaks: mar¦as|mus
Pronunciation: /məˈrazməs
 
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Definition of marasmus in English:

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
Undernourishment causing a child’s weight to be significantly low for their age.
Example sentences
  • Clinical impression of wasting of musculature of the limbs, but not severe enough to describe the child as suffering from marasmus was classified as emaciation.
  • Patients with marasmus present with severe weight loss and wasting of both muscle and adipose tissue.
  • Prevalence of clinical protein energy malnutrition in the form of marasmus was found in 6 children, while Kwashiorkor was not recorded.

Origin

mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek marasmos 'withering', from marainein 'wither'.

Derivatives

marasmic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Most patients continued to lose weight, and marasmic malnutrition continued despite the provision of adequate calories and protein through the feeding tube.
  • The young woman was clearly visible from the consulting room window, her emaciated frame draped in the tattered remnants of a sari, with a marasmic toddler balanced on her hip.
  • The child is apathetic and does not cry often, unlike the anxious marasmic child.

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