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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).]
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(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
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(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.
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cachexia, cachexy

general physical or mental poor health; weakness or malnutrition.
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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)
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n. caquexia, condición grave que se caracteriza por pérdida excesiva de peso y debilidad general progresiva.
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rheums, cachexia, bradypepsia, bad eyes, stone, and collick,
This report on the cancer cachexia market analyzes the current and future scenario of the global market.
Summary: This report on the cancer cachexia market analyzes the current and future scenario of the global market.
XBiotech announced enrollment of the final patient into its Phase I study evaluating bermekimab in patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma and cachexia. A total of 18 patients are enrolled in the study.
The company also has other product candidates in pre-clinical or clinical development for oncology, age-related macular degeneration and cancer cachexia.
The findings appear in the Journal of Cachexia and Skeletal Muscle.
"Body wasting in the course of a disease called cachexia is observed in cancer and chronic diseases like heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease," says Nadja Scherbakov, lead author of the study.
He said cannabis "has been confirmed to have beneficial and therapeutic uses to treat chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions." These include cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy and severe and persistent muscle spasms, he added.
The AstaReal Group presented results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the effectiveness of a new medical protocol to improve muscular function (Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, 2018) Sarcopenia affects nearly a quarter of adults older than 60.
"Today I woke up in my body / and wasn't that body anymore," he writes in "Cachexia." In "Earthquake Country before Final Chemotherapy," Ritvo imagines his own skeleton, which he refers to using the third-person pronoun, wandering alone to the Golden Gate Bridge.