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[drop-si-kuh l]
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  1. of, like, or affected with dropsy.
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Origin of dropsical

First recorded in 1670–80; drops(y) + -ical
Related formsdrop·si·cal·ly, adverbdrop·si·cal·ness, nounnon·drop·si·cal, adjectivenon·drop·si·cal·ly, adverbun·drop·si·cal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It weighed several tons, and its tyres were like dropsical life-belts.

    A Boswell of Baghdad

    E. V. Lucas

  • Dropsical women, swollen like wine skins were placed on the ground before him.


    Anatole France

  • Again, the other valet had long been dropsical, and the valet who died in 1687 died of dropsy.

  • This one was dropsical, the other subject to apoplectic fits.

    The Nabob

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The debility of age and dropsical legs had long oppressed him.

Word Origin and History for dropsical


1680s; see dropsy + -ical.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dropsical in Medicine


  1. Relating to or suffering from dropsy.
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