Dwindles | definition of dwindles by Medical dictionary
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(informal) a condition of physical deterioration involving several body systems, usually in an elderly person.
dwindles (dwĭn′dĭlz) [AS dwinan, to waste away]
A colloquial term for failure to thrive.
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What used to be delicately termed ``the change'' is defined medically as the cessation of menstruation and the end of a woman's childbearing years, after her stock of healthy eggs dwindles
with a corresponding drop in the levels of the female hormone estrogen.
Prior investigations have found that 2-month-old babies distinguish speech sounds employed in many languages, an ability that dwindles
as youngsters learn a native tongue (SN: 2/8/92, p.