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[an-uh-sahr-kuh] /ˌæn əˈsɑr kə/
noun, Pathology.
a pronounced, generalized edema.
Origin of anasarca
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin, representing Greek phrase anà sárka literally, throughout the body
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anasarcous, adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) a generalized accumulation of serous fluid within the subcutaneous connective tissue, resulting in oedema
Derived Forms
anasarcous, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from New Latin, from ana- (puffed up) + Greek sarx flesh
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Word Origin and History for anasarca

"subcutaneous dropsy," late 14c., medical Latin, from Greek ana "up, throughout" (see ana-) + sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh" (see sarcasm). Abbreviation of Greek phrase hydrops ana sarka "dropsy throughout the flesh."

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anasarca in Medicine

anasarca an·a·sar·ca (ān'ə-sär'kə)
An accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and cavities of the body.

an'a·sar'cous (-kəs) adj.
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