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dropsy

[ drop-see ]
/ ˈdrɒp si /
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noun
(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.
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Origin of dropsy

1250–1300; Middle English drop(e)sie, aphetic variant of ydropesie<Old French <Medieval Latin (h)ydrōpisīa, equivalent to Latin hydrōpis(is) (<Greek hydrōpi-, stem of hýdrōps dropsy (hydr-hydr-1 + -ōpsi-< ?) + -sis-sis) + -ia-y3

OTHER WORDS FROM dropsy

drop·sied [drop-seed], /ˈdrɒp sid/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dropsy

dropsy
/ (ˈdrɒpsɪ) /

noun
pathol a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
slang a tip or bribe

Derived forms of dropsy

dropsical (ˈdrɒpsɪkəl) or dropsied, adjectivedropsically, adverb

Word Origin for dropsy

C13: shortened from ydropesie, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōps, from hudōr water
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Medical definitions for dropsy

dropsy
[ drŏpsē ]

n.
Edema. No longer in technical use.
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