One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Medicine. Excessive accumulation of fat; corpulence; obesity.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Blankaart's Physical Dictionary. From post-classical Latin polysarcia from ancient Greek πολυσαρκία fleshiness, plumpness from πολύσαρκος very fleshy (from πολυ- + σαρκ-, σάρξ flesh: see sarco-) + -ία.
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