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

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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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anasarca in Medicine




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