cachexia definition

  • noun:
    • Diet, wasting of muscle, loss in appetite, and general debility that can happen during a chronic condition.
    • A systemic wasting of muscle tissues, with or without reduced fat size, that accompanies a chronic infection
    • A condition of ill-health and impairment of nourishment because impoverishment for the blood, esp. when due to a specific morbid procedure (as disease or tubercle).
    • identical to cachexy.
    • any general decrease in vitality and power of mind and body caused by a debilitating persistent infection

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