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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.