[ lim-fi-dee-muh ]
/ ˌlɪm fɪˈdi mə /

noun Pathology.

the accumulation of lymph in soft tissue with accompanying swelling, often of the extremities: sometimes caused by inflammation, obstruction, or removal of lymph channels.

Origin of lymphedema

First recorded in 1885–90; lymph- + edema Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for lymphedema


[ lĭm′fĭ-dēmə ]


Swelling, especially in subcutaneous tissues, as a result of obstruction of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes, with accumulation of lymph in the affected region.
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