Definition of "cachexia" [ca•chex•i•a]

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

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Use "cachexia" in a sentence
  • "The syndrome called cachexia is responsible for between one-fifth and one-third of all cancer deaths."
  • "About half of all cancer patients eventually suffer serious weight loss and malnutrition, a wasting syndrome called cachexia where they don't just lose excess fat but vital muscle."
  • "I know cigarettes cause cancer, but cancer causes cachexia, which is massive weight loss and appetite loss."