Etymology
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cachexia (n.)

"bad general state of health," 1550s (from 1540s in Englished form cachexy), from Latinized form of Greek kakhexia "bad habits," from kakos "bad" (from PIE root *kakka- "to defecate") + -exia, related to exis "habit or state," from exein "to have, be in a condition," from PIE root *segh- "to hold." Related: cachexic.

updated on September 19, 2017

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Definitions of cachexia from WordNet

cachexia (n.)
any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease;
Synonyms: cachexy / wasting
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