American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A general accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and body cavities.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a wide-spread edema or dropsical affection of the skin and subcutaneous connective tissue.
- n. In botany, the condition of plants when the tissues become gorged with fluid in very wet weather.
- n. medicine Generalised oedema
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Dropsy of the subcutaneous cellular tissue; an effusion of serum into the cellular substance, occasioning a soft, pale, inelastic swelling of the skin.
- n. generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin : Greek ana, throughout; see ana- + Greek sarx, sark-, flesh. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Upon the reperusal of this book I found the bishop only asserting his opinion that tar-water might be useful in the dropsy, since he had known it to have a surprising success in the cure of a most stubborn anasarca, which is indeed no other than, as the word implies, the dropsy of the flesh; and this was, at that time, a large part of my complaint.”
“Lastly this state can be compared to a condition called anasarca, in which the whole body is swollen.”
“When the period of efflorescence, or standing out of the rash, is over, packs ought to be given, to extract the poison completely from the system, and to prevent any sequels, such as anasarca, &c.”
“In old dogs, dropsy, under the title of "anasarca," is an unfrequent but occasional accompaniment of ascites.”
“_Ophthalmia lymphatica_ is a kind of anasarca of the tunica adnata; in this the vessels over the sclerotica, or white part of the eye, rise considerably above the cornea, which they surround, are less red than in the ophthalmia superficialis, and appear to be swelled by an accumulation of lymph rather than of blood; it is probably owing to the temporary obstruction of a branch of the lymphatic system.”
“When air is present the sound given forth is like that of a drum, while in the first form ascites the sound is like that from a sack [the word used is the same as for a wine sack]; the third form is called anasarca, when the whole body swells. ”
“There are two kinds of dropsy, the one anasarca, which, when formed, is incurable; the other is accompanied with emphysema”
“_ -- The general anasarca gave the body a bulky appearance.”
“When I first saw this man, which was about a month before his death, he laboured under rending cough, with a scanty tough mucous expectoration -- oppressive dyspnoea, ascites, general anasarca, occasional giddiness, and throbbing headach on motion, or on assuming the standing position.”
“Ascites and general anasarca were considerable, giving the body a large appearance.”
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