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Medical Term:

chylous ascites


Definition: presence in the peritoneal cavity of a milky fluid containing suspended triglycerides, ordinarily caused by an obstruction or injury of the thoracic duct or cisterna chyli.

Synonym(s): ascites adiposus, chyliform ascites, chyloperitoneum, fatty ascites, milky ascites

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