from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Edema. No longer in scientific use.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In medicine, a morbid accumulation of watery liquid in any cavity of the body or in the tissues. See edema, anasarca., and ascites.
  • noun In botany, a disease in succulent plants caused by an excess of water.
  • noun In fish-culture, a disease of young trout.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An unnatural collection of serous fluid in any serous cavity of the body, or in the subcutaneous cellular tissue.

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  • noun pathology Swelling, edema, often from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.

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  • noun swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities


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

[Middle English dropesie, short for idropesie, from Old French ydropisie, from Medieval Latin ydrōpisia, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōpiāsis, from hudrōps, dropsy, a dropsical person : hudro-, water; see hydro– + ōps, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

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Ultimately from Ancient Greek ὕδρωψ (hudrōps), from ὕδωρ (hudor, "water").


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