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[drop-see] /ˈdrɒp si/
(formerly) edema.
an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.
Origin of dropsy
1250-1300; Middle English drop(e)sie, aphetic variant of ydropesie < Old French < Medieval Latin (h)ydrōpisīa, equivalent to Latin hydrōpis(is) (< Greek hydrōpi-, stem of hýdrōps dropsy (hydr- hydr-1 + -ōpsi- < ?) + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3
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[drop-seed] /ˈdrɒp sid/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
(slang) a tip or bribe
Derived Forms
dropsical (ˈdrɒpsɪkəl), dropsied, adjective
dropsically, adverb
Word Origin
C13: shortened from ydropesie, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōps, from hudōr water
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Word Origin and History for dropsy

late 13c., a shortening of Middle English ydropsy, from Old French idropsie, from Latin hydropsis, from Greek hydrops (genitive hydropos) "dropsy," from hydor "water" (see water (n.1)).

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dropsy in Medicine

dropsy drop·sy (drŏp'sē)
Edema. No longer in technical use.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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dropsy in the Bible

mentioned only in Luke 14:2. The man afflicted with it was cured by Christ on the Sabbath.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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