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  • adjective medicine Pertaining to an abnormal or pathological thickening or hardening of a part; increasing the thickness; relating to pachynsis.


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  • Pachyntic means 1. of a medication: having the effect of thickening bodily fluids; 2. fleshy, fat; 3. relating to or characterized by abnormal thickening (Oxford English Dictionary). Cf pachytic.

    1890   J. S. Billings National Med. Dict. II. 275/1   Pachyntic. 1. Having the power to thicken or incrassate.
    1890   J. S. Billings National Med. Dict. II. 275/1   Pachyntic... 2. Fleshy, obese.
    1890   G. M. Gould New Med. Dict. 323/1   Pachyntic, pertaining to an abnormal thickening or hardening of a part.
    1998   Japanese Jrnl. Neurosurg. Mar. 192   A thorough inspection confirmed that pachyntic mucosa covered all the surface of the frontal sinus and occluded the nasofrontal duct.

    July 10, 2011