from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Weight loss, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, and general debility that can occur during a chronic disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A systemic wasting of muscle tissue, with or without loss of fat mass, that accompanies a chronic disease
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cachexy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease
Late Latin, from Greek kakhexiā : kako-, caco- + hexis, condition (from ekhein, to have; see segh- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κακός (kakos, "bad, wretched") + ἔχειν (ekhein, "to have"), present active infinitive of ἔχω (Wiktionary)