American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A condition marked by weakness, edema, and shortness of breath that is caused by the inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation in the peripheral tissues and the lungs.
- n. medicine A syndrome marked by weakness, edema and shortness of breath, due to the inability of the heart to circulate the blood adequately to the lungs and other tissues
- n. inability to pump enough blood to avoid congestion in the tissues
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