<medicine> 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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