[ uh-sahy-teez ]
/ əˈsaɪ tiz /
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.
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Origin of ascites
1350–1400; Middle English aschites < Medieval Latin < Greek askítēs (hýdrōps) abdominal (dropsy), equivalent to ask(ós) belly + -itēs -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM ascitesas·cit·ic [uh-sit-ik] /əˈsɪt ɪk/, as·cit·i·cal, adjective
Words nearby ascites
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British Dictionary definitions for ascitic
/ (əˈsaɪtiːz) /
noun plural ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
Derived forms of ascitesascitic (əˈsɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for ascites
C14: from Latin: a kind of dropsy, from Greek askitēs, from askos wineskin
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Medical definitions for ascitic
[ ə-sī′tēz ]
n. pl. ascites
The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.hydroperitoneum
Other words from ascitesas•cit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
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