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An abnormal lack of strength; weakness.

[hypo- + Greek sthenos, strength; see segh- in Indo-European roots + -ia.]

hy′po·sthen′ic (-pəs-thĕn′ĭk) adj.
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(Pathology) pathol a weakened condition; lack of strength
[C19: from hypo- + Greek sthenos strength]
hyposthenic adj
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a condition of abnormal weakness or loss of strength. — hypos-thenic, adj.
See also: Strength and Weakness
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For example, Bontrager (2) noted that well-developed athletes with a sthenic or hyposthenic body habitus often require centering between 8 and 9 inches from the vertebra prominens.