Definition of ascites in English:

ascites

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] The accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

ascites

/əˈsʌɪtiːz/