from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Gradually deteriorating; declining: the wasting process of erosion.
- adj. Sapping the strength, energy, or substance of the body; emaciating: a wasting disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Referring to something that cause a waste, particularly a wasting disease which causes pronounced loss of body mass.
- v. Present participle of waste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Causing waste; also, undergoing waste; diminishing
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, atrophy.
- n. In stone-cutting, the process or operation of chipping off fragments from a block of stone with a pick or point, for the purpose of reducing the faces to an approximately plane surface. Stone so worked is said to be wasted off. Compare clowring.
- Laying waste; devastating; despoiling.
- Gradually reducing the bodily plumpness and strength; enfeebling; emaciating: as, a wasting disease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
- n. any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
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