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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

  • 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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