• WordNet 3.6
    • n cachexia any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cachexia 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).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cachexia Same as cachexy.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cachexia, Gr. kachexi`a; kako`s bad + "e`xis condition


In literature:

There are other elements peculiar to the Nigritian, on which the disease, called negro consumption, or Cachexia Africana, depends.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Cachexia and yaws, 253 85.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
His cachexia became more profound.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
To these symptoms may be added a general cachexia.
"A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy" by Alexander Hughes Bennett
GEE: (1) On Osteal or Periosteal Cachexia, St. Bart.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess

In news:

Cachexia is the muscle wasting and weight loss that often accompany cancer's effects.
Drug may be near for cancer's companion condition cachexia .
Patient and Family Understanding of Cancer Cachexia .
Gruber is researching a drug that might help those with cachexia, a wasting condition which can occur with cancer patients.