marasmus

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From Ancient Greek μᾰρασμός (marasmós, withering), from μᾰραίνω (maraínō, to waste, wither).

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marasmus (usually uncountable, plural marasmuses)

  1. (medicine) Any wasting disease, especially a severe loss of body weight, in children, caused by malnutrition or the inability to digest protein
    • 2013, Angus Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality:
      Indian children are still among the skinniest and shortest on the planet, but they are taller and plumper than were their parents or grandparents, and the signs of gross hunger, such as marasmus, are now rarely seen in nutritional surveys.


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