[ drop-see ]
/ ˈdrɒp si /


(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

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

Related forms

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


/ (ˈdrɒpsɪ) /


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

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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Medicine definitions for dropsy


[ drŏpsē ]


Edema. No longer in technical use.

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