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waste

 [wāst]
1. gradual loss, decay, or diminution of bulk.
2. material that is unfit for further use within the organism.
3. to gradually deteriorate.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

waste

(wāst)
v.
To gradually lose energy, strength, or bodily substance, as from disease.
n.
The undigested residue of food eliminated from the body; excrement.
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waste

Environment adjective Relating to materials that are discarded or disposed of–eg, waste water noun Materials that are discarded or disposed–eg, biohazardous, hazardous, and regulated waste Medicine verb To become emaciated, to lose body mass, as occurs in terminal stages of progressive disease–eg, AIDS or cancer
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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