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the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling. Causes include heart failure, cirrhosis, and various cancers (particularly of the liver and ovary). chylous a. ascites that occurs when the drainage of lymph from the abdomen is obstructed. See also oedema.

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