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Pronunciation: ă-threp′sē-ă, ath′rep-sē


  1. Obsolete term for marasmus.
  2. As used by Ehrlich, immunity to transplanted neoplastic cells caused by a lack of nourishment in the sense of a deficiency of substances supposedly required for the development of such cells.

Synonym(s): atrepsy

[G. a- priv. + threpsis, nourishment]

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