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noun Pathology.
  1. an accumulation of serous fluid, usually about the testis.
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Origin of hydrocele

1590–1600; < Latin < Greek hydrokḗlē. See hydro-1, -cele1
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Examples from the Web for hydrocele

Historical Examples

  • This however is not the case in respect to the dropsy of the ovarium, or in the hydrocele.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Various substances may be injected; or the hydrocele is incised, the tunica partly removed and the cavity drained.

  • Might not the foxglove be serviceable in hydrocephalus internus, in hydrocele, and in white swellings of the joints?

    Zoonomia, Vol. I

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Collect ascitic, pleuritic, or hydrocele fluid in sterile flasks and allow to stand in the ice-chest for twelve hours to sediment.

  • In a second paper, in the next number of this volume, he gives an original and successful operation for hydrocele.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrocele


  1. an abnormal collection of fluid in any saclike space, esp around the testicles
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Word Origin

C16: from hydro- + -cele
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hydrocele in Medicine


  1. A pathological accumulation of serous fluid in a bodily cavity, especially in the scrotal pouch.
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