Emaciation

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Emaciation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    emaciation n : extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease) [syn: bonyness, gauntness, maceration]
Emaciation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Emaciation \E*ma`ci*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. ['e]maciation.]
  1. The act of making very lean.
  2. The state of being emaciated or reduced to excessive leanness; an excessively lean condition.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Emaciation'


Emaciation (pronounced /ɨˌmeɪʃiːˈeɪʃən/ or ɨˌmeɪsiːˈeɪʃən) occurs when an organism loses substantial amounts of much needed fat and often muscle tissue, making that organism look extremely thin. The cause of emaciation is a lack of nutrients, starvation, or disease.

Many women (and some men) have targeted the emaciation look, and such is the result of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. The shape of the bones in a severely-emaciated person is distinguishable, the shoulder blades are prominently sharp, and the ribs and spine can be clearly seen, while the arms and legs are not significantly wider than the bones that support them. Death may occur.

Although this condition can be acquired by humans deliberately, it is often also the case of many starving animals and peoples across the planet due to lack of food or unsanitary living conditions.

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