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Old medical term "waste" ?
« on: Friday 27 February 09 22:48 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone tell me please what the old medical term "waste" means?
We have just obtained a death certificate and this is what is listed as the cause of death but we don't know what it means.

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Re: Old medical term "waste" ?
« Reply #1 on: Friday 27 February 09 23:13 GMT (UK) »
"A wasting of the body by disease" is the appropriate definition I think from the Shorter Oxford Dictionary; it also says that the use is rare, now dialect.
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Remembered too that "wasting away" was an (?)unscientific way of describing a person's deterioration. The wasting disease, phthisis from the Greek, used to be a way of describing what is called Tuberculosis in modern times. Perhaps it was a standard medical term for cause of death at the time.

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Re: Old medical term "waste" ?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 28 February 09 08:19 GMT (UK) »
I can't thank you enough for your kind help.

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Re: Old medical term "waste" ?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01 December 18 16:35 GMT (UK) »
Waste or wasting was a medical description for a chronic disease that caused the gradual or sometimes quite aggressive debility of the patient. Commonly used as a description in tuberculosis but not exclusively so, for example it was seen in diabetes especially insulin deficiency or type 1 before we had insulin, the patient would literally waste away. Sometimes associated with extreme effects of age as well. So it is not a diagnosis really it is a description of the patients illness.


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Re: Old medical term "waste" ?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 01 December 18 20:11 GMT (UK) »
Thank you so much for your very kind help.