Cac`o*e"thes (?), n. [L., fr. Gr. of ill habits, an ill habit; bad + habit]

1.

A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire; as, cacoethes scribendi, "The itch for writing".

Addison.

2. Med.

A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an incurable ulcer.

 

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