- (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
Examples from the Web for dropsy
And from dropsy to the deprivation of life into which your folly will bring you.The Imaginary Invalid
Extraordinary cure by Dr. Cullingworth of a case of dropsy in Bradfield, 1881.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
A certificate was made out that the last man had died of "dropsy."Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
And in other cases, asthma, dropsy, and epilepsy are caused.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
Also the Woman with the Dropsy, which is accounted his chef-d'œuvre.Six Centuries of Painting
- 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 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)).
- Edema. No longer in technical use.