ca·​chex·​ia | \ kə-ˈkek-sē-ə How to pronounce cachexia (audio) , ka- \

Definition of cachexia

: general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease

Examples of cachexia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ohio State Medical Board approved adding cachexia, a wasting syndrome marked by severe weight loss, to the 21 conditions for which patients can treat with medical marijuana if recommended by a physician. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Ohio medical marijuana: State board rejects autism, anxiety as treatable conditions," 8 July 2020 Patients with cachexia can lose their appetites, which makes their symptoms worse. cleveland, "Ohio board may allow medical marijuana for cachexia. What is it and could cannabis help?," 25 June 2020 Laura Hancock reports that cachexia (pronounced kuh-KEK-see-uh) occurs as a result of other diseases -- such as cancer, HIV and AIDs, kidney or heart failure or advanced kidney disease. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio’s jump in coronavirus cases raises questions on why it’s happening: The Wake Up for Friday, June 26, 2020," 26 June 2020 But the panel did recommend one new condition be added: cachexia, or wasting syndrome. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio medical marijuana: Panel recommends one new qualifying medical condition," 10 June 2020 An Ohio State Medical Board committee reviewed petitions to add those conditions and sought an expert opinion about cachexia. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio medical marijuana: Panel recommends one new qualifying medical condition," 10 June 2020 Twenty-one conditions qualify patients for marijuana, and a committee within the State Medical Board of Ohio is studying whether three new conditions should be added to the list: anxiety, autism and cachexia. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "While you were sheltering: Sherwin-Williams HQ, ‘Picasso and Paper,’ gun reform and more news you might have missed during the coronavirus crisis," 21 May 2020 His team has previously found cancer patients with an anorexic and muscle-wasting syndrome called cachexia also have high blood levels of GDF15. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Researchers converge on possible cause for severe morning sickness," 21 Mar. 2018 The official cause of death was cancer cachexia, involuntary weight and muscle loss that is seen in cancer patients. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Pablo Neruda Did Not Die of Cancer, Raising the Possibility He Was Murdered," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cachexia

circa 1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cachexia

Late Latin cachexia, from Greek kachexia bad condition, from kak- cac- + hexis condition, from echein to have, be disposed — more at scheme entry 1

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“Cachexia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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ca·​chex·​ia | \ kə-ˈkek-sē-ə, ka- How to pronounce cachexia (audio) \
variants: also cachexy \ kə-​ˈkek-​sē, ka-​; ˈkak-​ˌek-​ How to pronounce cachexia (audio) \
plural cachexias also cachexies

Medical Definition of cachexia

: general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease

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