- general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.
Origin of cachexia
Examples from the Web for cachexia
There exists in some individuals a predisposition to "catching cold," independent of any cachexia.
In the cachexia from tumours an increase of the eosinophil cells has been observed by various authors.Histology of the Blood
The cachexia and rapid decline are not seen in catarrhal ulceration.
It produces anæmia and cachexia in animals when given in small repeated doses.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
The symptoms which induce women to seek medical aid are haemorrhage, foetid discharge, and later pain and cachexia.
- a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
Word Origin and History for cachexia
"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.
- Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
- Severe weight loss, anorexia, and general debility that occur as a result of chronic disease. Cachetic patients exhibit signs of malnutrition, including muscle wasting.