noun . Pathology general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.
ca·chex·y [k uh- kek-see] /kəˈkɛk si/ Origin of cachexia 1535–45;
) bad +
) condition (
variant stem of
to have +
-ia -ia Related forms ca·chec·tic , [k uh- kek-tik] /kəˈkɛk tɪk/ ca·chec·ti·cal, ca·chex·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cachexia
Malaria, if severe, may interrupt gestation through fever or
cachexia and rapid decline are not seen in catarrhal ulceration.
The symptoms which induce women to seek medical aid are haemorrhage, foetid discharge, and later pain and
There exists in some individuals a predisposition to "catching cold," independent of any
cachexia. British Dictionary definitions for cachexia cachexia cachexy ( kəˈkɛksɪ) noun a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease Derived Forms cachectic ( kəˈkɛktɪk), adjective Word Origin for cachexia
C16: from Late Latin from Greek
kakhexia, from kakos bad + hexis condition, habit
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Word Origin and History for cachexia n.
"bad general state of health," 1540s, from Latinized form of Greek
kakhexia "bad habits," from kakos "bad" (see caco-) + -exia, related to exis "habit or state," from exein "to have, be in a condition," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have" (see scheme (n.)). Related: cachexic.
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Medicine definitions for cachexia n. Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
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Science definitions for cachexia Severe weight loss, anorexia, and general debility that occur as a result of chronic disease. Cachetic patients exhibit signs of malnutrition, including muscle wasting.
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