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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noun plural ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
Word Origin for ascites
C14: from Latin: a kind of dropsy, from Greek askitēs, from askos wineskin
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late 14c., "abdominal dropsy," from Latin ascites, from Greek askites (hydrops), literally "baglike dropsy," from askos "bag, sac."
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n. pl. ascites
The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.hydroperitoneum
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