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/ kəˈkɛk si ə /
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noun Pathology.

general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.



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Also ca·chex·y [kuh-kek-see] /kəˈkɛk si/

Origin of cachexia

1535–45; <Late Latin <Greek, equivalent to kak(ós) bad + héx(is) condition (hek-, variant stem of échein to have + -sis-sis) + -ia-ia
ca·chec·tic [kuh-kek-tik], /kəˈkɛk tɪk/, ca·chec·ti·cal, ca·chex·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cachexia


cachexy (kəˈkɛksɪ)

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a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
cachectic (kəˈkɛktɪk), adjective
C16: from Late Latin from Greek kakhexia, from kakos bad + hexis condition, habit
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Medical definitions for cachexia

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Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
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Scientific definitions for cachexia

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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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