Meaning of marasmus

ma•ras•mus

Pronunciation: (mu-raz'mus), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. malnutrition occurring in infants and young children, caused by insufficient intake of calories or protein and characterized by thinness, dry skin, poor muscle development, and irritability.
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