from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a bodily cavity, especially in the scrotal pouch.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An abnormal build-up of fluids at a site in the body, especially in the membranes around a testicle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A collection of serous fluid in the areolar texture of the scrotum or in the coverings, especially in the serous sac, investing the testicle or the spermatic cord; dropsy of the testicle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the tunica vaginalis of the testis.
- n. In embryology, the portion of the left enterocœlic sac which in echinoderms gives rise to the radial vessels and the ring-vessel of the ambulacral system.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. disorder in which serous fluid accumulates in a body sac (especially in the scrotum)
"I think there's something called a hydrocele," I said.
This kind of hydrocele is named congenital, owing to the circumstance that the natural process of obliteration, by which the peritonaeum becomes separated from the tunica vaginalis, has been, from some cause, arrested.
Kiddoo D, Bellah RD, Carr MC: Cross-fused ectopic multicystic dysplastic kidney with associated hydrocele.
The purpose was to determine if these males, whose kidneys were removed as part of their treatment, were now at risk for developing a hydrocele (a collection of watery fluid around the testicle).
This study did indeed show that there is an increased prevalence of hydrocele in males who had kidney surgery, but neither radiation nor chemotherapy increased this risk.
Prevalence of and risk factors for hydrocele in survivors of Wilms 'tumor
Ginsberg JP, Hobbie WL, SK, Canning DA, Meadows AT: Prevalence of and risk factors for hydrocele in survivors of Wilms tumor.
Then he has a wound that broke down two weeks after a hydrocele operation, and I had to go into hospital myself, so it was probably as well that we hadn't sailed.
If it doesn't, fluid can drain through the hole from the belly into the scrotum, forming what is called a hydrocele.
If your child has a hydrocele, the surgeon will drain the fluid from the area.