Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Progressively wasting away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wasting away, or becoming emaciated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Withering, or wasting away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, suffering from tabes; wasting away; becoming emaciated.
  • In botany, wasting or shriveling.

Etymologies

Latin tābēscēns, tābēscent-, present participle of tābēscere, to waste away, inchoative of tābēre, from tābēs, a wasting away.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
C 1890, from Latin tabescens, present participle of tabescere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At this weak, pale, tabescent moment in the history of American literature, we need a battalion, a brigade, of Zolas to head out into this wild, bizarre, unpredictable, Hog-stomping Baroque country of ours and reclaim its literary property….

    A Man Half Full

  • ... as Wolfe makes clear, a writer needs to be big and strong because a real writer is more warrior than artist: “At this weak, pale, tabescent moment in the history of American literature, we need a battalion, a brigade, of Zolas to head out into this wild, bizarre, unpredictable, Hog-stomping Baroque country of ours and reclaim it as literary property.”

    Social Fiction

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  • wasting away; becoming emaciated or consumed

    May 18, 2009