- accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.
Origin of ascites
1350–1400; Middle English aschites < Medieval Latin < Greek askítēs (hýdrōps) abdominal (dropsy), equivalent to ask(ós) belly + -itēs -ite1
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Examples from the Web for ascites
Jaundice and ascites, the consequences of great intemperance.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses
When it happens to young subjects it is less liable to be mistaken for ascites.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Such an accumulation is known as ascites, or dropsy of the abdomen.
The remote causes of ascites may be either symptomatic or idiopathic, and either local or general.
If so, why shall we regard anasarca, ending in ascites, as a general disease?
- accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
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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- The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.hydroperitoneum
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