Cachexia meaning

kə-kĕksē-ə
Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
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A generally weakened, emaciated condition of the body, esp. as associated with a chronic illness.
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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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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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(medicine, pathology) A systemic wasting of muscle tissue, with or without loss of fat mass, that accompanies a chronic disease.
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Origin of cachexia

  • Late Latin from Greek kakhexiā kako- caco- hexis condition (from ekhein to have segh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek κακός (kakos, “bad, wretched”) + ἔχειν (ekhein, “to have”), present active infinitive of ἔχω (ekhō).

    From Wiktionary