ca·​chec·​tic kə-ˈkek-tik How to pronounce cachectic (audio)
: affected by cachexia

Word History


borrowed from French & Late Latin; French cachectique, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin cachecticus, borrowed from Greek kachektikós "in a poor state of health, wasted," from kachech- (in kachexía "poor state of health," cachexia) + -t-, verbal adjective formative + -ikos -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cachectic was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Cachectic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


ca·​chec·​tic kə-ˈkek-tik, ka- How to pronounce cachectic (audio)
: relating to or affected by cachexia
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