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general ill health with emaciation, usually occurring in association with cancer or a chronic infectious disease.
Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7 Various
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various
Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various
Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments Various
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation Austin O’Malley

a generally weakened condition of body or mind resulting from any debilitating chronic disease
Severe weight loss, anorexia, and general debility that occur as a result of chronic disease. Cachetic patients exhibit signs of malnutrition, including muscle wasting.


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