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Related to asthenic: hypersthenic, asthenic habitus, Asthenic personality disorder


1. Relating to or exhibiting asthenia; weak.
2. Having a slender, lightly muscled physique.
A person having such a physique.


1. (Pathology) of, relating to, or having asthenia; weak
2. (Psychology) (in constitutional psychology) referring to a physique characterized by long limbs and a small trunk: claimed to be associated with a schizoid personality. See also somatotype
a person having long limbs and a small trunk


(æsˈθɛn ɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by asthenia; weak.
2. pertaining to or having a spare or slender physique with little muscularity; ectomorphic.
[1780–90; < Greek]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.asthenic - lacking strength or vigorasthenic - lacking strength or vigor    
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.asthenic - having a slender physiqueasthenic - having a slender physique    
ectomorphic - having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
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