noun, plural e·de·mas, e·de·ma·ta [ih-dee-muh-tuh] /ɪˈdi mə tə/. 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
Under all these conditions the striking pathologic change—absent in scurvy—is edema.
Edema occurs frequently, the fluid in the acini often containing red blood-cells.
This bears only a partial resemblance to beriberi, as there is no edema, nor dyspnœa, and its course is more chronic.
Edema affects the subcutaneous tissues, producing great swelling in the regions where these tissues are lax.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry|Maximilian Stern
Edema of the lungs is not uncommon, as we should expect, especially as a terminal condition.
British Dictionary definitions for edema
noun plural -mata (-mətə)
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.