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 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 Since Colorado implemented its medical marijuana law in 2001, no new qualifying conditions have been added to the original list of eight: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea and severe pain. Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist, "Colorado PTSD marijuana bill advances with House amendments focused on children," 20 Apr. 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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The first known use of cachexia was circa 1538

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“Cachexia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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 cachexy (audio) \
plural cachexias also cachexies

Medical Definition of cachexia

: general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease

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