Origin of dropsy
Examples from the Web for dropsy
Feyther's deid o' his dropsy, and Alec and me's awa' to Canady this day fortnight.The Judge|Rebecca West
Primmie's suspicions of dropsy, or some equally distressing ailment, revived.Galusha the Magnificent|Joseph C. Lincoln
In this kind of dropsy I suspect the digitalis has less or no effect; as it particularly increases the absorption from the lungs.Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
Does this mean that dropsy is more common in the rural communities than in the cities?
He was swollen all over his little body, so that the doctors said it was a dropsy.The Fifth Queen Crowned|Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for dropsy
Word Origin for dropsy
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)).