Definition of Cachexia

1. Noun. Any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease.

Exact synonyms: Cachexy, Wasting
Generic synonyms: Debility, Feebleness, Frailness, Frailty, Infirmity, Valetudinarianism
Derivative terms: Cachectic, Cachectic, Waste

Definition of Cachexia

1. n. A condition of ill health and impairment of nutrition due to impoverishment of the blood, esp. when caused by a specific morbid process (as cancer or tubercle).

Definition of Cachexia

1. Noun. (medicine) A systemic wasting of muscle tissue, with or without loss of fat mass, that accompanies a chronic disease ¹

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Definition of Cachexia

1. general ill health [n -S] : CACHEXIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Cachexia

1. A profound and marked state of constitutional disorder, general ill health and malnutrition. Origin: Gr. Hexis = habit This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cachexia

cachectic fever
cachectic oedema
cachectic pallor
cachexia (current term)
cachexia aphthosa
cachexia aquosa
cachexia hypophyseopriva
cachexia strumipriva
cachexia thyroidea
cachexia thyropriva

Literary usage of Cachexia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical lexicon by Robley Dunglison (1860)
"A bad habit of body, chiefly the result of scorbutic, cancerous, or venereal diseases when in their last stage. Hence we hear of a Scorbutic cachexia, ..."

2. Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates by Patrick Manson (1914)
"MALARIAL cachexia is the term applied to a group of conditions, ... Usually the subject of this cachexia is liable to frequent attacks of an irregular type ..."

3. The Pathology and Treatment of Venereal Diseases by Freeman Josiah Bumstead (1883)
"AT certain periods during its course, syphilis produces an ady- namic condition of the system, called "syphilitic cachexia." These periods are at, ..."

4. Handbook of Geographical and Historical Pathology by August Hirsch (1885)
"... extension of the area of distribution, and in the annexation of a good many of the cases now classed as " idiopathic anaemia." § 110. THE cachexia ..."

5. Internal Secretion and the Ductless Glands by Swale Vincent (1912)
"The cachexia comes on at a very variable period after the operation—from six to eight days up to months or years. Patients advanced in years suffer less ..."

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