from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity.

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  • n. An accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, frequently symptomatic of liver disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a collection of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity; dropsy of the belly.

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  • n. accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English aschites, from Late Latin ascītēs, from Greek askītēs, from askos, belly, wineskin.

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From Latin ascites, borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀσκίτης, from ἀσκός ("wineskin").


  • Symptoms include: abdominal pain ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen


  • For pleural fluid this is done by a pleural tap or chest drain, in ascites with an paracentesis or ascitic drain and in a pericardial effusion with pericardiocentesis.


  • If death does not occur in a short time, the inflammation assumes a chronic form, in which there is an extensive effusion of water in the cavity of the belly, constituting what is known as ascites, and which, as a rule, results in death.

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  • Another disease, which is not confined to the abdominal cavity, is dropsy: but, as in the dog it most commonly assumes that form which is termed ascites, or dropsy of the abdomen, it may be noticed in this place.

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  • The symptoms that patients may experience at this point include bloating, also called ascites (the result of increased abdominal fluid), sensations of pelvic or abdominal pressure, and trouble with their bowels and bladder.


  • The syndrome causes liver dysfunction soon after the transplant; symptoms include problems with bile flow and coagulation, and ascites, which is the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. - latest science and technology news stories

  • But the liver affected the while blood count, which affected the ascites, which is the fluid in the stomach.

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  • Savanna's fluid had spread around her abdomen, signaling a condition called ascites, which has a wide range of consequences, including putting additional pressure on the organs, thereby causing respiratory distress and heart failure.

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  • But Kayleigh's problems continued and she soon developed a condition called ascites, where excess fluid builds up in the abdomen.

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  • The dog is peculiarly subject to 'ascites' or 'dropsy of the belly', and the quantity of fluid contained in the abdomen is sometimes almost incredible.

    The Dog


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  • I think that's my favorite cite on this site.

    June 20, 2012

  • I treat his ascites with the insertion of a LeVeen shunt. Unfortunately he has developed fungating growths and draining fistulae. Particularly troublesome are the fistulae in the perianal area...

    - Peter reading, C, 1984

    September 28, 2008

  • I thought it said "serious fluid" at first. I was imagining a bowl of grim, determined fluid with a face like >:(

    August 8, 2008