(medicine) An accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, frequently symptomatic of liver disease.
(medicine) Severe generalised oedema.
A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum.
Dropsy of the subcutaneous cellular tissue; an effusion of serum into the cellular substance, occasioning a soft, pale, inelastic swelling of the skin.
accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity
generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
Ascites is the abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Technically, it is more than 25 ml of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, although volumes greater than one liter may occur.
Anasarca is a severe and generalized form of edema, with subcutaneous tissue swelling throughout the body. Unlike edema, which almost everyone will experience at some time and can be relatively benign, Anasarca is a pathological process reflecting a severe disease state and can involve the cavities of the body in addition to the tissues.