from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Loss or lack of bodily strength; weakness; debility.
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- n. weakness; loss of strength
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want or loss of strength; debility; diminution of the vital forces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, debility; want of strength. Also astheny.
- n. [capitalized] In zoology, a genus of insects.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abnormal loss of strength
New Latin, from Greek astheneia, from asthenēs, weak : a-, without; see a-1 + sthenos, strength.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀσθένεια (asthénia), from ἀσθενής (asthenḗs, "sick, weak"), from ἀ- (a, "not, un-") + σθένος (thénos, "strength"). (Wiktionary)