[ uh-sahy-teez ]
/ əˈsaɪ tiz /

noun Pathology.

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


as·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

/ (əˈsaɪtiːz) /

noun plural ascites

accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity

Derived forms of ascites

ascitic (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-sītēz ]

n. pl. ascites

The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity.hydroperitoneum

Other words from ascites

as•citic (-sĭtĭk) adj.
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