Definition of Dropsy

1. Noun. Swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.




Definition of Dropsy

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

Definition of Dropsy

1. Noun. (pathology) Swelling, edema, often from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD. ¹

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Definition of Dropsy

1. an excessive accumulation of serous fluid [n -SIES] : DROPSIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Dropsy

1. Origin: OE. Dropsie, dropesie, OF. Idropisie, F. Hydropisie, L. Hydropisis, fr. Gr. Dropsy, fr. Water. See Water, and cf. Hydropsy. An unnatural collection of serous fluid in any serous cavity of the body, or in the subcutaneous cellular tissue. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dropsy

dropseed
dropseeds
dropship
dropships
dropshot
dropshots
dropsical
dropside
dropsides
dropsied
dropsies
dropsonde
dropsondes
dropstone
dropstones
dropsy (current term)
dropsy of pericardium
dropt
droptop
droptops
dropwise
dropworm
dropworms
dropwort
dropworts
dropzone
dropzones
droschke
droschkes
drosera

Literary usage of Dropsy

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1. The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition: The Use of Food for the Preservation of by Elmer Verner McCollum (1922)
"Epidemic dropsy, War Edema and Wet Beri-Beri.— There are recorded many instances of the occurrence of epidemics of dropsy during times of food shortage ..."

2. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1854)
"ON THE dropsy OF BRIGHT'S DISEASE. By DR. SAMUEL WILSS. It was in the investigation of dropsy that Bright was first led to his discovery. ..."

3. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"There are patients in whom there is such marked periodicity as tc make it possible to foretell the day of return of the joint dropsy. One of my cases during ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"On a Case of Idiopathic dropsy:—History of the ca»e; danger of trusting to li réimpressions, and forming a hasty diagnosis ; what was the cause of the ..."

5. Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Physic Delivered at King's by Thomas Watson, David Francis Condie (1855)
"It is to these that I would apply the simple term dropsy. It has been said—and said with much truth—that dropsy is rather a symptom of disease, ..."

6. A Treatise on the Practice of Medicine by George Bacon Wood (1855)
"In consequence of the connexion of these tissues with other functions than the secretory, all of their diseases are considered elsewhere, except dropsy, ..."

7. A Text-book of the Practice of Medicine by James Meschter Anders (1915)
"acute and chronic nephritis with fatty degeneration of the proliferated epithelium, or in the fatty stage of large white kidney. dropsy OF RENAL DISEASE. ..."

8. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1854)
"It has been often proposed to treat dropsy of the ovary upon the same principles as hydrocele or dropsy of the tunica vaginalis. ..."

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