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 for inanition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inanition \In`a*ni"tion\, n. [F. inanition, L. inanitio
     emptiness, fr. inanire to empty, fr. inanis empty. Cf.
     The condition of being inane; emptiness; lack of fullness, as
     in the vessels of the body; hence, specifically, exhaustion
     from lack of food, either from partial or complete
     starvation, or from a disorder of the digestive apparatus,
     producing the same result.
     [1913 Webster]
           Feeble from inanition, inert from weariness. --Landor.
     [1913 Webster]
           Repletion and inanition may both do harm in two
           contrary extremes.                       --Burton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
           [syn: inanition, lassitude, lethargy, slackness]
      2: exhaustion resulting from lack of food

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