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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

  • Laying waste; devastating; despoiling.
  • Gradually reducing the bodily plumpness and strength; enfeebling; emaciating: as, a wasting disease.
  • 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.

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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