Meaning of ascites in English:


Pronunciation /əˈsʌɪtiːz/


mass nounMedicine
  • The accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling.

    ‘Patients present with the insidious onset of ascites, abdominal pain, and fever.’
    • ‘With the increase of liver protein synthesis, the liver has a tendency to enlarge causing ascites (abdominal swelling).’
    • ‘Patients who have cirrhosis with ascites are prone to spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.’
    • ‘Signs and symptoms are primarily those of liver cirrhosis and ascites.’
    • ‘The CT scan confirmed my first impression - an ovarian cancer with ascites.’


Late Middle English via late Latin from Greek askitēs, from askos ‘wineskin’.