Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.
ca·chex·y [k uh- kek-see] /kəˈkɛk si/ Origin of cachexia 1535–45;
) bad +
) condition (
variant stem of
to have +
-ia -ia Related forms ca·chec·tic , [k uh- kek-tik] /kəˈkɛk tɪk/ ca·chec·ti·cal, ca·chex·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cachexic cachexia cachexy ( kəˈkɛksɪ) 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 cachexic cachexia n.
"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 (kə-kĕk ′sē-ə) Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
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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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