- 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 edematous
In acute glaucoma the sclera appears to be edematous and slightly thickened.Glaucoma
The lymph-nodes may be congested, or edematous and hemorrhagic.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
The edematous swelling, when recognized by its external appearance and the existing inflammation, should be treated without delay.
Another class consists of those that are affected with swollen fetlocks or chronic, edematous swelling of the leg.
In edematous pneumonia, on the contrary, all the feed that can possibly be digested and assimilated must be given.
- the usual US spelling of oedema
Word Origin and History for edematous
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.
- Marked by edema.
- 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.