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wasting

 [wāst´ing]
1. the gradual deterioration of an individual, usually with loss of strength and muscle mass; it may be accompanied by loss of appetite, which makes it worse.
2. excessive depletion.
wasting disease any disease marked especially by progressive emaciation and weakness.
salt wasting inappropriate sodium excretion in the urine (natriuresis) with hyponatremia and hyperkalemia; see also salt-losing crisis (syndrome).

wast·ing

(wāst'ing),
1. Synonym(s): emaciation
2. Denoting a disease characterized by emaciation.

wasting

/wast·ing/ gradual loss or decay, with emaciation.

wasting

Etymology: L, vastare, to destroy
a process of deterioration marked by weight loss and decreased physical vigor, appetite, and mental activity. See also wasting syndrome.

wast·ing

(wāst'ing)
1. Synonym(s): emaciation.
2. Denoting a disease characterized by emaciation.

wast·ing

(wāst'ing)
1. Synonym(s): emaciation.
2. Denoting a disease characterized by emaciation.

wasting,

n a process of deterioration marked by weight loss and decreased physical vigor, appetite, and mental activity.

wasting

used in a general sense to indicate serious loss of body weight, or locally to indicate atrophy.

wasting acetonemia
chronic wasting disease (CWD)
a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy affecting both farmed and wild elk and deer in certain states of North America. There is concern that it is currently spreading to infect wild cervid populations in states not previously infected. There is no evidence that it can transmit to humans.
postweaning multisystem wasting syndrome (PMWS)
was first described in 1991 in Western Canada and has since become widespread in North America and Europe. Produces slow progressive wasting in postweaned pigs with usually a low attack rate but high case fatality. Clinical signs and postmortem findings vary with some pigs jaundiced, some with diarrhea, but most with grossly enlarged inguinal lymph nodes. Respiratory signs are often associated with underlying interstitial pneumonia and pulmonary edema. The cause is uncertain, but caused at least in part by porcine circovirus 2 which is isolated from affected pigs usually in association with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). Clinical disease is more common in high health herds, but pigs are often infected without showing clinical disease. Cases of porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome (PDNS) are often seen in herds affected with PMWS. See also porcine dermatitis and neuropathy syndrome.
wasting syndrome
used to describe terminal stages of feline immunodeficiency virus infection; similar to the cachexia associated with neoplasia.
References in classic literature ?
On the 24th of April he sold his horse--said 'I'm just fifty-seven today, hale and hearty--it would be a PRETTY howdy-do for me to be wasting such a trip as that and such weather as this, on a horse, when there ain't anything in the world so splendid as a tramp on foot through the fresh spring woods and over the cheery mountains, to a man that IS a man--and I can make my dog carry my claim in a little bundle, anyway, when it's collected.
I see it warn't no use wasting words -- you can't learn a nigger to argue.
Tom got about, a little, on Thursday, was down-town Friday, and nearly as whole as ever Saturday; but Becky did not leave her room until Sunday, and then she looked as if she had passed through a wasting illness.
Well, me and Tom Sawyer had the spring fever, and had it bad, too; but it warn't any use to think about Tom trying to get away, because, as he said, his Aunt Polly wouldn't let him quit school and go traipsing off somers wasting time; so we was pretty blue.
You mean well," she said; "you wish to spare me -- but you are wasting your time, and my strength.
Her thinness seemed to be the effect of some wasting fire within her, which found a vent in her gaunt eyes.
And now that I have given the one chapter to the theme that so filled my heart, and so often made it ache and ache again, I pass on, unhindered, to the event that had impended over me longer yet; the event that had begun to be prepared for, before I knew that the world held Estella, and in the days when her baby intelligence was receiving its first distortions from Miss Havisham's wasting hands.
No one can appreciate the peace, the holy satisfaction of monogamy till he has passed through the wasting distractions, the unrest of polygamy.