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

  • adj. Affected by or relating to cachexia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having cachexia; wasting away from a disease or chronic illness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, or pertaining to, cachexia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by cachexy.
  • n. One who suffers from a cachexy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or having the symptoms of cachexia


French cachectique, from Latin cachecticus, from Greek kakhektikos, from kakhexiā, bad condition of the body; see cachexia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cachecticus. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Laymen called it 'consumption,' and that name spoke to the awfulness of the disease. It consumed people. Like cancer, it attacked the young as well as the old, sucked the life out of them, turned them into cachectic shells, and then killed them."
    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 52

    February 11, 2009