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NOUN (1)

1. accumulation of serous fluid in peritoneal cavity;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ascites \As*ci"tes\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ? (sc. ? disease), fr. ? bladder, belly.] (Med.) A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster] Ascitic