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edema

or oe·de·ma

[ih-dee-muh]
noun, plural e·de·mas, e·de·ma·ta [ih-dee-muh-tuh] /ɪˈdi mə tə/. Pathology.
  1. effusion of serous fluid into the interstices of cells in tissue spaces or into body cavities.
  2. Plant Pathology.
    1. a small surface swelling of plant parts, caused by excessive moisture.
    2. any disease so characterized.
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Origin of edema

1490–1500; < New Latin oedēma < Greek oídēma a swelling, equivalent to oidē- (variant stem of oideîn to swell) + -ma noun suffix
Related formse·dem·a·tous [ih-dem-uh-tuh s, 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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Examples from the Web for edematous

Historical Examples

  • In acute glaucoma the sclera appears to be edematous and slightly thickened.

    Glaucoma

    Various

  • 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.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Another class consists of those that are affected with swollen fetlocks or chronic, edematous swelling of the leg.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • In edematous pneumonia, on the contrary, all the feed that can possibly be digested and assimilated must be given.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture


British Dictionary definitions for edematous

edema

noun plural -mata (-mətə)
  1. the usual US spelling of oedema
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Derived Formsedematous (ɪˈdɛmətəs) or edematose, adjective
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Word Origin and History for edematous

edema

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

edematous in Medicine

edematous

(ĭ-dĕmə-təs)
adj.
  1. Marked by edema.
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edema

(ĭ-dēmə)
n. pl. e•de•mas
  1. An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.
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edematous in Science

edema

[ĭ-dēmə]
  1. 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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