Definition of asthenia in English:



  • Abnormal physical weakness or lack of energy.

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



/asˈTHēnēə/ /æsˈθiniə/


Late 18th century modern Latin, from Greek astheneia, from asthenēs ‘weak’.