[ kuh-kek-see-uh ]
/ kəˈkɛk si ə /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM cachexiaca·chec·tic [kuh-kek-tik], /kəˈkɛk tɪk/, ca·chec·ti·cal, ca·chex·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cachexia
/ (kəˈkɛksɪə) /
a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
Derived forms of cachexiacachectic (kəˈkɛktɪk), adjective
Word Origin for cachexia
C16: from Late Latin from Greek kakhexia, from kakos bad + hexis condition, habit
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Scientific definitions for cachexia
[ kə-kĕk′sē-ə ]
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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