noun Pathology.
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the peritoneum.

1350–1400; Middle English aschites < Medieval Latin < Greek askítēs (hýdrōps) abdominal (dropsy), equivalent to ask(ós) belly + -itēs -ite1

ascitic [uh-sit-ik] , ascitical, adjective Unabridged
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ascites (əˈsaɪtiːz)
n , pl ascites
accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity
[C14: from Latin: a kind of dropsy, from Greek askitēs, from askos wineskin]

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late 14c., "abdominal dropsy," from L. ascites, from Gk. askites (hydrops), lit. "baglike dropsy," from askos "bag, sac." Ascitic "afflicted with ascites" is from 1680s.
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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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