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,Related formsdrop·sied [drop-seed] /ˈdrɒp sid/, adjective
aphetic variant of ydropesie
< Old French
< Medieval Latin
equivalent to Latin hydrōpis(is
) (< Greek hydrōpi-,
stem of hýdrōps
dropsy (hydr- hydr-1
< ?) + -sis -sis
) + -ia -y3
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Historical Examples of dropsy
And from dropsy to the deprivation of life into which your folly will bring you.
Extraordinary cure by Dr. Cullingworth of a case of dropsy in Bradfield, 1881.
A certificate was made out that the last man had died of "dropsy."
And in other cases, asthma, dropsy, and epilepsy are caused.
Also the Woman with the Dropsy, which is accounted his chef-d'œuvre.
British Dictionary definitions for dropsy
Derived Formsdropsical (ˈdrɒpsɪkəl) or dropsied, adjectivedropsically, adverb
pathol a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
slang a tip or bribe
Word Origin for dropsy
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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Edema. No longer in technical use.
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