cachexia

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noun ca·chex·ia \kə-ˈkek-sē-ə, ka-\

Definition of cachexia

  1. :  general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease

Origin and Etymology of cachexia

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


First Known Use: circa 1538


Medical Dictionary

cachexia

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noun ca·chex·ia \kə-ˈkek-sē-ə, ka-\
variants: also

cachexy

\kə-ˈkek-sē, ka-; ˈkak-ˌek-\play

Medical Definition of cachexia

plural

cachexias

also

cachexies

  1. :  general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease



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