Definition of asthenia in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • Abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy.

    ‘the asthenia of chronic respiratory disease’
    • ‘Pain and asthenia were improved in the majority of patients.’
    • ‘The most commonly observed side effects were pharyngitis (14 per cent of recipients), increased cough, dizziness, headache and asthenia.’
    • ‘Metabolic abnormalities can also cause anorexia and asthenia.’
    • ‘Adverse side effects included constipation, nausea, asthenia, and dizziness in 6.2 per cent more patients than those taking placebo.’
    • ‘Diagnosis begins with a patient history distinguishing weakness from fatigue or asthenia, separate conditions with different etiologies that can coexist with, or be confused for, weakness.’
    • ‘A 39-year-old man presented with general weakness and asthenia, which he had been experiencing for three months.’
    • ‘The most common effects of toxicity from chemotherapies for advanced colorectal cancer are diarrhoea, mucositis, asthenia, and neutropenia.’
    • ‘Once muscle weakness has been differentiated from asthenia and fatigue, the physician should ask the patient about disease onset and progression.’
    lethargy, inertia, listlessness, lack of energy, lifelessness, inactivity, inaction, slowness, languor, languidness, torpor, torpidity, dullness, heaviness, apathy, passivity, weariness, tiredness, lassitude, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness, enervation, somnolence, laziness, idleness, indolence, sloth, slothfulness
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Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek astheneia, from asthenēs ‘weak’.