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tr. & intr.v. e·ma·ci·at·ed, e·ma·ci·at·ing, e·ma·ci·ates
To make or become extremely thin, especially as a result of starvation.
[Latin ēmaciāre, ēmaciāt- : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + maciāre, to make thin; see māk- in Indo-European roots.]
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(usually tr) to become or cause to become abnormally thin
[C17: from Latin ēmaciāre to make lean, from macer thin]
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v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to make abnormally thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh.
[1640–50; < Latin ēmaciātus, past participle of ēmaciāre=ē- e- + -maciāre, derivative of maciēs leanness, wasted state]
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Past participle: emaciated
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|Verb||1.||emaciate - cause to grow thin or weak; "The treatment emaciated him"|
|2.||emaciate - grow weak and thin or waste away physically; "She emaciated during the chemotherapy"|
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