• synonyms


noun (used with a singular verb) Pathology.
  1. (formerly) edema.
Show More

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 formshy·drop·tic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hydroptic

Historical Examples

  • He must escape from that “hydroptic, immoderate” thirst of experience by yielding to it.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd

  • He must escape from that "hydroptic immoderate" thirst of experience by yielding to it.

  • But the scent that the lover uses gives him away and so he is by her "hydroptic father catechized."

    Why we should read

    S. P. B. Mais

hydroptic in Medicine


  1. The excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissues or cavities of the body.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.