[ 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

Related forms

an·a·sar·cous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anasarca


/ (ˌænəˈsɑːkə) /


pathol a generalized accumulation of serous fluid within the subcutaneous connective tissue, resulting in oedema

Derived Forms

anasarcous, adjective

Word Origin for anasarca

C14: from New Latin, from ana- (puffed up) + Greek sarx flesh
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Medicine definitions for anasarca


[ ăn′ə-särkə ]


An accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and cavities of the body.

Related forms

an′a•sarcous (-kəs) adj.
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