Definitions

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

  • n. Edema. No longer in scientific use.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unnatural collection of serous fluid in any serous cavity of the body, or in the subcutaneous cellular tissue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

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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