wasting away

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Noun1.wasting away - a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
amyotrophia, amyotrophy - progressive wasting of muscle tissues
tabes - wasting of the body during a chronic disease
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
kraurosis - atrophy and shriveling of the skin or mucous membrane
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It is TOO bad to feel life, health, and beauty wasting away, unfelt and unenjoyed, for such a brute as that
His muscles were wasting away, and what were left were soft and flabby.
It is such a sight as we read of in legends of enchanted forests: saving that it is sad to see these noble works wasting away so awfully, alone; and to think how many years must come and go before the magic that created them will rear their like upon this ground again.
So slow, so eager, so bloodless and gaunt, I felt as if Richard were wasting away beneath the eyes of this adviser and there were something of the vampire in him.
All the while, he was wasting away, no longer interested in food or life, filled with shame, self-doubt, and suicidal ideation.
But it seems few people realised that the shy girl was slowly wasting away from an eating disorder.
Kids are getting bigger while state park budgets are wasting away, Stateline reports.
I see scientists have developed skin-tight elastic suits for astronauts to stop their bones and muscles wasting away in weightless space.
22 ( ANI ): Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly lost 25 percent of his body weight and is wasting away after months, as he has yet failed to recover from his induced coma.
It is not as if SWP owed Chelsea some great debt of loyalty, having spent three years largely wasting away on the sidelines at Stamford Bridge.
When there's no food on the table and people are wasting away, there's little one won't do to stop it.
2 : to lose or cause to lose weight, strength, or energy <His muscles were wasting away from lack of use.