from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A general accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and body cavities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Generalised oedema

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dropsy of the subcutaneous cellular tissue; an effusion of serum into the cellular substance, occasioning a soft, pale, inelastic swelling of the skin.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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  • a very open word for a condition of total body edema, describing people who have massively swollen flesh all over.

    April 13, 2007