- effusion of serous fluid into the interstices of cells in tissue spaces or into body cavities.
- Plant Pathology.
- a small surface swelling of plant parts, caused by excessive moisture.
- any disease so characterized.
Origin of edema
Examples from the Web for edema
There is edema of the ureal tract, apparently from transudation of serum.Glaucoma
Pneumonia is a frequent complication and edema a terminal event.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
On the first two occasions, one eye was closed completely by the edema.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
It is used in certain cases of nephritis when edema is present.Dietetics for Nurses
Fairfax T. Proudfit
The patient had three convulsions and died with edema of lungs about 30 hours after the attack of ventricular fibrillation.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
- the usual US spelling of oedema
Word Origin and History for edema
c.1400, from medical Latin, from Greek oidema (genitive oidematos) "a swelling tumor," from oidein "to swell," from oidos "tumor, swelling," from PIE *oid- "to swell;" cf. Latin aemidus "swelling," Armenian aitumn "a swelling," Old Norse eista "testicle," Old English attor "poison" (that which makes the body swell), and the first element in Oedipus.
- An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.
- An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or body cavities. Edema can be mild and benign as in pregnancy or prolonged standing in the elderly, or a serious sign of heart, liver, or kidney failure, or of other diseases.