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[kuh-kek-see-uh] /kəˈkɛk si ə/
noun, Pathology.
general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.
Also, cachexy
[kuh-kek-see] /kəˈkɛk si/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cachexia
1535-45; < Late Latin < Greek, equivalent to kak(ós) bad + héx(is) condition (hek-, variant stem of échein to have + -sis -sis) + -ia -ia
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[kuh-kek-tik] /kəˈkɛk tɪk/ (Show IPA),
cachectical, cachexic, adjective Unabridged
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a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
Derived Forms
cachectic (kəˈkɛktɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin from Greek kakhexia, from kakos bad + hexis condition, habit
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Word Origin and History for cachexia

"bad general state of health," 1540s, from Latinized form of Greek kakhexia "bad habits," from kakos "bad" (see caco-) + -exia, related to exis "habit or state," from exein "to have, be in a condition," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have" (see scheme (n.)). Related: cachexic.

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cachexia in Medicine

cachexia ca·chex·i·a (kə-kěk'sē-ə)
Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.

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cachexia in Science
Severe weight loss, anorexia, and general debility that occur as a result of chronic disease. Cachetic patients exhibit signs of malnutrition, including muscle wasting.
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