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edema

[ ih-dee-muh ]
/ ɪˈdi mə /
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noun, plural e·de·mas, e·de·ma·ta [ih-dee-muh-tuh]. /ɪˈdi mə tə/. Pathology.

effusion of serous fluid into the interstices of cells in tissue spaces or into body cavities.
Plant Pathology.
  1. a small surface swelling of plant parts, caused by excessive moisture.
  2. any disease so characterized.

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Also especially British, oe·de·ma .

Origin of edema

First recorded in 1490–1500; from New Latin oedēma, from Greek oídēma “a swelling,” equivalent to oidē- (variant stem of oideîn “to swell”) + -ma noun suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM edema

e·dem·a·tous [ih-dem-uh-tuhs, ih-dee-muh-], /ɪˈdɛm ə təs, ɪˈdi mə-/, e·dem·a·tose [ih-dem-uh-tohs, ih-dee-muh-], /ɪˈdɛm əˌtoʊs, ɪˈdi mə-/, adjectivepseu·do·e·de·ma, noun, plural pseu·do·e·de·ma·ta.
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British Dictionary definitions for edema

edema
/ (ɪˈdiːmə) /

noun plural -mata (-mətə)

the usual US spelling of oedema

Derived forms of edema

edematous (ɪˈdɛmətəs) or edematose, adjective
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Medical definitions for edema

edema
[ ĭ-dēmə ]

n. pl. e•de•mas

An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.
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Scientific definitions for edema

edema
[ ĭ-dēmə ]

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.
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