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[uh-sahy-teez] /əˈsaɪ tiz/
noun, Pathology.
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.
Origin of ascites
1350-1400; Middle English aschites < Medieval Latin < Greek askítēs (hýdrōps) abdominal (dropsy), equivalent to ask(ós) belly + -itēs -ite1
Related forms
[uh-sit-ik] /əˈsɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
ascitical, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
Derived Forms
ascitic (əˈsɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: a kind of dropsy, from Greek askitēs, from askos wineskin
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Word Origin and History for ascites

late 14c., "abdominal dropsy," from Latin ascites, from Greek askites (hydrops), literally "baglike dropsy," from askos "bag, sac."

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ascites in Medicine

ascites as·ci·tes (ə-sī'tēz)
n. pl. ascites
The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Also called hydroperitoneum.

as·cit'ic (-sĭt'ĭk) adj.
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