acc-mulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.
noun (pl) ascites
acc-mulation 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 acc-mulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity. also called hydroperitoneum.
as·cit’ic (-sĭt’ĭk) adj.

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