ana·​sar·​ca | \ ˌa-nə-ˈsär-kə How to pronounce anasarca (audio) \

Definition of anasarca

: generalized edema with accumulation of serum in the connective tissue

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anasarcous \ ˌa-​nə-​ˈsär-​kəs How to pronounce anasarca (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web This year, eighth-grader Chinmay Singh of Union Academy Charter School came in second after misspelling anasarca, a medical term for fluid accumulation in the body’s connective tissues. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "The last word in the Observer’s spelling bee was a shade of yellow. Can you spell it?," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of anasarca

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anasarca

Middle English, borrowed from Medieval Latin, univerbation of Greek anà sárka "throughout the body," in the phrase anà sárka hýdrōps (by ellipsis ho anà sárka) "edema throughout the body"; aná "up, throughout" + sárka, accusative of sárx "flesh, body" — more at ana-, sarco-

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an·​a·​sar·​ca | \ ˌan-ə-ˈsär-kə How to pronounce anasarca (audio) \

Medical Definition of anasarca

: generalized edema with accumulation of serum in the connective tissue

Other Words from anasarca

anasarcous \ -​kəs How to pronounce anasarca (audio) \ adjective
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