noun Pathology.

a pronounced, generalized edema.

Nearby words

  1. anarcho-syndicalist,
  2. anarchy,
  3. anarithmia,
  4. anarthria,
  5. anarthrous,
  6. anasazi,
  7. anaspid,
  8. anastasia,
  9. anastasis,
  10. anastasius i

Origin of anasarca

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin, representing Greek phrase anà sárka literally, throughout the body

Related formsan·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



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

Word Origin for anasarca

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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Medicine definitions for anasarca




An accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and cavities of the body.
Related formsan′a•sarcous (-kəs) adj.

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