- effusion of serous fluid into the interstices of cells in tissue spaces or into body cavities.
- Plant Pathology.
- a small surface swelling of plant parts, caused by excessive moisture.
- any disease so characterized.
Origin of edema
Examples from the Web for oedema
A few had oedema from the chin to the thyroid, and up the side of the face.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
Extension may take place to the larynx, and oedema may follow.
Glossitis and oedema of the larynx may require the surgical procedures often necessary when they occur under other circumstances.
The larynx is less frequently implicated; should it be attacked, oedema is liable to occur.
Death may occur within two or three days from oedema of the larynx or from other causes frequently indiscernible.
- pathol an excessive accumulation of serous fluid in the intercellular spaces of tissue
- plant pathol an abnormal swelling in a plant caused by a large mass of parenchyma or an accumulation of water in the tissues
- the usual US spelling of oedema
Word Origin and History for oedema
c.1400, from medical Latin, from Greek oidema (genitive oidematos) "a swelling tumor," from oidein "to swell," from oidos "tumor, swelling," from PIE *oid- "to swell;" cf. Latin aemidus "swelling," Armenian aitumn "a swelling," Old Norse eista "testicle," Old English attor "poison" (that which makes the body swell), and the first element in Oedipus.
- An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.
- An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or body cavities. Edema can be mild and benign as in pregnancy or prolonged standing in the elderly, or a serious sign of heart, liver, or kidney failure, or of other diseases.