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tr.v. de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing, de·bil·i·tates
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.

[Latin dēbilitāre, dēbilitāt-, from dēbilis, weak; see bel- in Indo-European roots.]

de·bil′i·ta′tion n.
de·bil′i·ta′tive adj.
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Noun1.debilitation - serious weakening and loss of energydebilitation - serious weakening and loss of energy
weakening - becoming weaker
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The depletion or sapping of strength or energy:
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But it has been found by the wisest of our Circles or Statesmen that the multiplication of restrictions on Females tends not only to the debilitation and diminution of the race, but also to the increase of domestic murders to such an extent that a State loses more than it gains by a too prohibitive Code.
Progressive debilitation, however, is noted as it has a negative impact on wrist biomechanics.
Outreach teams are joining forces with the NHS Homeless Health Service along with charities the council works with, including St Mungo's, the Connection at St Martin's on Trafalgar Square and the Passage to give people respite from the heat and the risk of dehydration along with the debilitation of heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
"Head and neck cancers can involve intense, often debilitation treatment with side effects and a recovery process that can take a very long time," Stoker said.
"In contrast to the previous humpback we reported last month, it did not show signs of long term debilitation."
Climate change, environmental degradation and global warming have been linked to this untold debilitation that is no longer common in America only but Africa also.
(2) The pathogenesis of AGD is controversial; however, aerophagia due to the relaxation of the upper esophageal sphincter as a sequel to anesthesia and debilitation has been suggested.
However, Mars is in debilitation in Cancer in the Navamsa chart, which should bring up minor issues.
When it comes to chicken and pork, however, eating them raw is never alright and can lead to infection, serious long-term debilitation and illness and even death.
Ovitz is the developer of a portable, handheld system for eye-testing, dubbed an "eye profiler," that can help detect potential problems with vision early, before macular degeneration, cataracts or other conditions progress to debilitation.
Some of these afflictions can cause lifetime debilitation, such as polio, or cause child deaths, such as diphtheria, pertussis, certain strains of influenza and meningococcemia.
Respiratory problems are more difficult to handle during the holidays, in part because it's colder but also because, again, of the holiday atmosphere contrasting with one's own debilitation. Breathing defines our lives, so having even a simple cold or cough can seem much more difficult.