Definition of ascites in English:


Line breaks: as|ci¦tes
Pronunciation: /əˈsʌɪtiːz


[mass noun] Medicine
  • The accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling.
    More example sentences
    • Patients present with the insidious onset of ascites, abdominal pain, and fever.
    • With the increase of liver protein synthesis, the liver has a tendency to enlarge causing ascites (abdominal swelling).
    • Patients who have cirrhosis with ascites are prone to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.



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  • Treatment of hepatic hydrothorax is usual ascitic care, including salt restriction and diuretics.
  • Tubercular ascitic fluid is of high attenuation value due to its high protein content.
  • No malignant cells were detected in the ascitic fluid.


late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek askitēs, from askos 'wineskin'.

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