Definition of


  1. (noun, state) any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease

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Synonyms of Cachexia

cachexy, wasting

Alternate forms of Cachexia

Derivations: cachectic

Hypernyms: debility, feebleness, frailness, frailty, infirmity, valetudinarianism

Origin of the word Cachexia

  1. "bad general state of health," 1540s, from Mod.L. cachexia, from Gk. kakhexia "bad habits," from kakos "bad" + -exia, related to exis "habit or state," from exein "to have, be in a condition," from PIE base *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have" (see scheme). Related: cachexic. more

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