What is another word for wasting disease?

Pronunciation: [wˈe͡ɪstɪŋ dɪzˈiːz] (IPA)

Wasting disease is a term used to refer to a disease that causes a gradual loss of body weight and mass, and often results in weakness, fatigue and debilitation. There are several synonyms for wasting disease, including cachexia, emaciation, malnutrition, and atrophy. Cachexia refers to a condition in which the body undergoes severe weight loss and muscle wasting due to chronic disease. Emaciation is a synonym used to describe extreme thinness and skeletal appearance caused by severe malnutrition. Malnutrition is another term that refers to inadequate intake of nutrients leading to weight loss and weakness. Atrophy is a condition in which tissue or muscles waste away due to disuse or disease.

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  • Nearby, where the main road forked, stood an iron cross on a stone base. As the English couple watched, a mason was cutting in half a dozen fresh names. On the far side of the street, in the deep shadow of a doorway, a youngish woman in black was also watching. She was so pale they assumed at first she had some sort of wasting disease. She remained perfectly still, with one hand holding an edge of her headscarf so that it obscured her mouth. The mason seemed embarrassed and kept his back to her while he worked. After a quarter of an hour an old man in blue workman's clothes came shuffling along in carpet slippers and took her hand without a word and led her away. When the propriétaire came out he nodded at the other side of the street, at the empty space and murmured, 'Trois. Mari et deux frères,' as he set down their salads.
    Ian McEwan

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