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Definition of Ascites

Ascites: An abnormal accumulation of fluid within the abdomen. There are many causes of ascites, including cirrhosis of the liver, cancer within the abdomen, congestive heart failure, and tuberculosis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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