ascites

noun
as·​ci·​tes | \ ə-ˈsī-tēz How to pronounce ascites (audio) \
plural ascites

Definition of ascites

: abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the spaces between tissues and organs in the cavity of the abdomen

Other Words from ascites

ascitic \ ə-​ˈsi-​tik How to pronounce ascitic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of ascites

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ascites

Middle English aschytes, from Late Latin ascites, from Greek askitēs, from askos

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“Ascites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascites. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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ascites

noun
as·​ci·​tes | \ ə-ˈsīt-ēz How to pronounce ascites (audio) \
plural ascites

Medical Definition of ascites

: abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the spaces between tissues and organs in the cavity of the abdomen

called also hydroperitoneum

Other Words from ascites

ascitic \ -​ˈsit-​ik How to pronounce ascitic (audio) \ adjective

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