accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.
noun (pl) ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity

“afflicted with ascites,” 1680s; see ascites + -ic. Related: Ascitical.

late 14c., “abdominal dropsy,” from Latin ascites, from Greek askites (hydrops), literally “baglike dropsy,” from askos “bag, sac.”

ascites as·ci·tes (ə-sī’tēz)
n. pl. ascites
The accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Also called hydroperitoneum.
as·cit’ic (-sĭt’ĭk) adj.


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