A generally weakened, emaciated condition of the body, esp. as associated with a chronic illness.
Webster's New World
Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
American Heritage Medicine
Other Word Forms of Cachexia
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).
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