anasarca

noun

ana·​sar·​ca ˌa-nə-ˈsär-kə How to pronounce anasarca (audio)
: generalized edema with accumulation of serum in the connective tissue
anasarcous adjective

Examples of anasarca in a Sentence

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, 19 Feb. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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-

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anasarca was in the 14th century

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“Anasarca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anasarca. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

anasarca

noun
an·​a·​sar·​ca ˌan-ə-ˈsär-kə How to pronounce anasarca (audio)
: generalized edema with accumulation of serum in the connective tissue
anasarcous adjective
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