[ hahy-drops ]
/ ˈhaɪ drɒps /

noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology.

(formerly) edema.

Origin of hydrops

1700–10; < Latin hydrōps < Greek hýdrōps dropsy, equivalent to hydr- hydr-1 + -ōps appearance (literally, eye, face), apparently by confusion with ópsis appearance
Also called hy·drop·sy [hahy-drop-see] /ˈhaɪ drɒp si/.

Related forms

hy·drop·tic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for hydrops


[ hīdrŏps′ ]


The excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissues or cavities of the body.
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