precachexia

precachexia

(prē-kă-kek′sē-ă) [ pre- + cachexia]
Weight loss resulting from any chronic disease.
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Although precise numbers of patients with the cachexia syndrome are difficult to quantify, it is estimated that up to 2% of the population suffers from precachexia, characterized by weight loss in association with a chronic disease.