ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: cachexia

cachexia (kə-kĕk′sē-ə), noun

Reduction in strength and vitality (weight loss in someone not actively trying to lose weight, wasting of muscle, loss of appetite, etc.) due to a chronic disease.  Also known as 'wasting syndrome'.

According to Wikipedia, the formal definition is the loss of body mass that cannot be reversed nutritionally.

Etymology:  from Greek kakhexia, from kakos, bad  + hexis, condition
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