Definition of cachexia in English:

cachexia

Line breaks: cach|exia
Pronunciation: /kəˈkɛksɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • Weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness.
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    • This age discrepancy occurred despite a lower prevalence of arteriosclerosis, cachexia, and hepatitis B in women and no significant differences in the frequencies of other infectious diseases.
    • Anorexia and cachexia caused by wasting syndromes are best managed with patient and family education, as well as a possible trial of appetite stimulants such as megestrol or dexamethasone.
    • The patient's general appearance should be assessed for evidence of resting dyspnea, cyanosis and cachexia.

Origin

mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek kakhexia, from kakos 'bad' + hexis 'habit'.

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