emaciate meaning

Pronunciation:   "emaciate" in a sentence
  • Verb: emaciate  i'meyshee`eyt
    1. Cause to grow thin or weak
      "The treatment emaciated him"
      - waste, macerate 
    2. Grow weak and thin or waste away physically
      "She emaciated during the chemotherapy"

    Derived forms: emaciating, emaciates, emaciated

    See also: emaciation

    Type of: change state, debilitate, drain, enfeeble, turn

    Encyclopedia: Emaciate

  • [Medicine]
    vb -at·ed; -at·ing vt : to cause to lose flesh so as to become very thin
    ¦ vi : to waste away physically


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  1. a long illness had emaciated the invalid.
  2. one might almost say emaciated.
  3. "emaciate " indicates a serious condition resulting from starvation.
  4. the animals had lost weight noticeably, becoming lean, almost emaciated.
  5. his limbs were nearly frozen, and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering.

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