What does the medical term Manition refer to?

The question that studied this subject was closed, and I was unable to point out some new information.

I became interested in the term “Manition” when I read it on a 2006 death record. I contacted the Doctor who completed said death record and he explained this strange, undefined term to me.

The previous thread was partially correct. “Manition” is indeed a misspelling that has come into common usage. The actual term is “inanition” or “the loss of vitality through lack of food and water.”

It makes a lot of sense if you look at the two words…. the first two letters “in” are mistaken for an “m”. Probably caused by poor handwriting (as was the 2006 case)!

It would make sense to find the term on the records of cancer patients and the like. Many people stop taking food and water as they are about to expire.

I hope that everyone who was interested in “Manition” and it’s roots finds this!

P.S. —Don’t believe me? Look up “inanition'”on dictionary.com—-


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I searched for “cancer manition” and found many sites with death certificate listings showing the same terminology. However, I did find one that was listed like this:

manition (sic) & starvation due to cancer

The term ‘sic’ is used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally. So, apparently MANITION was a commonly misspelled term for an unknown purpose. I searched medical dictionaries as well as dictionaries containing obsolete words. The answerer above may be right in saying it could be MANATION, although the definition doesn’t quite fit (cancer doesn’t really flow, or flow out of). Another possibility could be MONITION (an imitation of danger). That definition could have been twisted 100 years ago to mean that someone died AS A RESULT OF.

I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

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