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 anasarcous (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

New Latin, from ana- + Greek sark-, sarx flesh — more at sarcasm

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“Anasarca.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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 anasarcous (audio) \ adjective

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