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Relating to, associated with, or suffering from marasmus.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Austin Flint (1812–1886). Perhaps from Hellenistic Greek μαραντικός wasting away from ancient Greek μαραν-, aorist stem of μαραίνειν to wither, waste away + -τικός, suffix forming adjectives from verbs.
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