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cloudy swelling

cloudy swelling in Medicine

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.

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