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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cachexia, cachexy, wastingnoun

    any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease


  1. cachexynoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CACHEXYnoun

    A general word to express a great variety of symptoms; most commonly it denotes such a distemperature of the humours, as hinders nutrition, and weakens the vital and animal functions, proceeding from weakness of the fibres, and an abuse of the non-naturals, and often from severe acute distempers. John Arbuthnot on Diet.

    Etymology: ϰαχεξία.


  1. cachexy

    Cachexia () is a complex syndrome associated with an underlying illness, causing ongoing muscle loss that is not entirely reversed with nutritional supplementation. A range of diseases can cause cachexia, most commonly cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, and AIDS. Systemic inflammation from these conditions can cause detrimental changes to metabolism and body composition. In contrast to weight loss from inadequate caloric intake, cachexia causes mostly muscle loss instead of fat loss. Diagnosis of cachexia can be difficult due to the lack of well-established diagnostic criteria. Cachexia can improve with treatment of the underlying illness but other treatment approaches have limited benefit. Cachexia is associated with increased mortality and poor quality of life. The term is from Greek κακός kakos 'bad' and ἕξις hexis 'condition'.


  1. cachexy

    Cachexy is a medical condition characterized by severe weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight. It is often a symptom of serious diseases like cancer, AIDS, or chronic illnesses. The term is also synonymously used with wasting syndrome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cachexynoun

    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)

  2. Etymology: [L. cachexia, Gr. kachexi`a; kako`s bad + "e`xis condition.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cachexy

    ka-kek′si, n. a bad state of body: a depraved habit of mind.—adjs. Cachec′tic, -al. [L.—Gr. kachexiakakos, bad, hexis, condition.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cachexy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cachexy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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