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noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology.
  1. (formerly) edema.

Origin of hydrops

1700–10; < Latin hydrōps < Greek hýdrōps dropsy, equivalent to hydr- hydr-1 + -ōps appearance (literally, eye, face), apparently by confusion with ópsis appearance
Also called hy·drop·sy [hahy-drop-see] /ˈhaɪ drɒp si/.
Related formshy·drop·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • He died before this work was completed, of hydropsy, and was buried in the Servite Church.

    Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D'Agnolo

    Leader Scott

hydropsy in Medicine


  1. The excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissues or cavities of the body.
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