Origin of ascites

1350–1400; Middle English aschites < Medieval Latin < Greek askítēs (hýdrōps) abdominal (dropsy), equivalent to ask(ós) belly + -itēs -ite1
Related formsas·cit·ic [uh-sit-ik] /əˈsɪt ɪk/, as·cit·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural ascites
  1. accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
Derived Formsascitic (əˈsɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for ascites

C14: from Latin: a kind of dropsy, from Greek askitēs, from askos wineskin
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Word Origin and History for ascites

late 14c., "abdominal dropsy," from Latin ascites, from Greek askites (hydrops), literally "baglike dropsy," from askos "bag, sac."

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ascites in Medicine


n. pl. ascites
  1. The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.hydroperitoneum
Related formsas•citic (-sĭtĭk) adj.
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