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  • n. Cachexia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A morbid condition of the body, resulting either from general disease (as syphilitic cachexy) or from a local disease.
  • n. A perverted or depraved habit of thought or feeling.

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

  • n. any general reduction in vitality and strength of body and mind resulting from a debilitating chronic disease


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  • The second consideration is that of health: a severe illness may alarm us for the time being, but an illness of a chronic nature or even cachexy frightens us away, because it would be transmitted.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • Of the former disease my own corps, I am informed, had in hospital at one time 200 cases above the usual amount of sickness; this arises from the brackish water, the want of vegetables, and lastly the cachexy induced by an utter absence of change, diversion, and excitement.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • Likewise the cachexy, or evill habit of the body, and the dropsie in the beginning thereof, before it be too farre gone.

    Spadacrene Anglica The English Spa Fountain

  • Parkinson says: "Whoso is drawing towards a consumption, or ready to fall into a cachexy, shall find a wonderful help from the use thereof, for some time together."

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • Nostalgia, which we are apt to sneer at as a doctor's name for homesickness, and to class with cachexy and borborygmus, was a power for evil in those days, and some of our finest troops were thinned out by it, notoriously the

    The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915

  • And the climate of the hot-damp category was found to suit, mainly if not only, that tubercular cachexy and those, bronchial affections and lung-lesions in which the viscus would suffer from the over-excitement of an exceedingly dry air like the light invigorating medium of Tenerife or Thebes.

    To the Gold Coast for Gold A Personal Narrative in Two Volumes.—Volume I

  • You know what to do for a child in a fit, for an alderman in an apoplexy, for a girl that has fainted, for a woman in hysterics, for a leg that is broken, for an arm that is out of joint, for fevers of every color, for the sailor's rheumatism, and the tailor's cachexy.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • The second consideration is that of _health_: a severe illness may alarm us for the time being, but an illness of a chronic nature or even cachexy frightens us away, because it would be transmitted.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • English termination, and a conformity to the laws of the speech into which they are adopted; as in _category, cachexy, peripneumony_.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • NID3 conjectures a derivation, via Canadian French le buncum sa, from French il est bonne comme ca. Not to be confused with the variant of buncombe. cachexy, n. fit, stroke: If you let your gorge rise like that, you'll have a cachexy.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 4


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  • "...Stephen described them briefly. One was a West Country rector, an invalid who hoped to find health in the Mediterranean, where his cousin commanded the Andromache. 'I wish he may get there, at all: such a cachexy I have rarely seen ambulant'..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 54

    February 11, 2008