ascites

noun

as·​ci·​tes ə-ˈsī-tēz How to pronounce ascites (audio)
plural ascites
: abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the spaces between tissues and organs in the cavity of the abdomen
ascitic adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ascites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascites. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

ascites

noun
as·​ci·​tes ə-ˈsīt-ēz How to pronounce ascites (audio)
plural ascites
: abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the spaces between tissues and organs in the cavity of the abdomen

called also hydroperitoneum

ascitic adjective

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