cloudy swelling cloud·y swelling (klou'dē)
A degenerative change in cells, in which the cells swell due to injury to the membranes affecting ionic transfer, causing the cytoplasm to appear cloudy and water to accumulate between cells, with resultant swelling of tissues. Also called albuminoid degeneration, hydropic degeneration, parenchymatous degeneration.
Notice the characteristic features of this cloudy swelling in the cells of all these specimens.
It is small in cloudy swelling from toxins and drugs, and variable in renal tuberculosis and neoplasms.