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Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.

[Late Latin, from Greek kakhexiā : kako-, caco- + hexis, condition (from ekhein, to have; see segh- in Indo-European roots).]


(kəˈkɛksɪə) or


(Pathology) a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
[C16: from Late Latin from Greek kakhexia, from kakos bad + hexis condition, habit]
cachectic, cachectical, cachexic adj


(kəˈkɛk si ə)

also ca•chex•y


general ill health with emaciation, usu. occurring in association with a disease.
[1535–45; < Late Latin < Greek, =kak(ós) bad + héx(is) condition]
ca•chec′tic (-tɪk) adj.

cachexia, cachexy

general physical or mental poor health; weakness or malnutrition.
See also: Health
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cachexia - any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
debility, feebleness, frailness, frailty, infirmity, valetudinarianism - the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)


n. caquexia, condición grave que se caracteriza por pérdida excesiva de peso y debilidad general progresiva.
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On examination he was cachexic and pale with no other significant clinical findings.
Cachexic patient/medical comorbidities resulting in poor healing at fracture site.
They are frequently cachexic (emaciated), with weight loss and muscle wasting due to their high breathing work.
Reports suggest that serum level of proinflammatory cytokines is increased in cachexic patients with congestive heart failure and may contribute to development of anemia by several mechanisms [32].
Patients who were less than 18 years, obese and cachexic, expected difficult intubation, who are pregnant or lactating, suffering from hepatic, renal, neuromuscular or allergic disorders were excluded from the study.