ascites

[uh-sahy-teez]

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
Related formsas·cit·ic [uh-sit-ik] /əˈsɪt ɪk/, as·cit·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ascitic

ascites

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
adj.

"afflicted with ascites," 1680s; see ascites + -ic. Related: Ascitical.

ascites

n.

late 14c., "abdominal dropsy," from Latin ascites, from Greek askites (hydrops), literally "baglike dropsy," from askos "bag, sac."

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ascitic in Medicine

ascites

[ə-sītēz]

n. pl. ascites

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