noun Pathology.

accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.

Nearby words

  1. ascians,
  2. ascidian,
  3. ascidium,
  4. ascigerous,
  5. ascii,
  6. ascitic,
  7. asclepiadaceous,
  8. asclepiadean,
  9. asclepiades,
  10. asclepias

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ascitic


noun plural ascites

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 ascitic
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Medicine definitions for ascitic



n. pl. ascites

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

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