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ca·chex·i·a  audio  (k-kks-) KEY 

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

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


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