cachectic







cachectic


noun Pathology.

  1. general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.

noun

  1. a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
adj.

1630s, from Latinized form of Greek kakhektikos “in a bad habit of body” (see cachexia).

n.

“bad general state of health,” 1540s, from Latinized form of Greek kakhexia “bad habits,” from kakos “bad” (see caco-) + -exia, related to exis “habit or state,” from exein “to have, be in a condition,” from PIE root *segh- “to hold, hold in one’s power, to have” (see scheme (n.)). Related: cachexic.

adj.

  1. Affected by or relating to cachexia.

n.

  1. Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.

  1. 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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