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.

Nearby words

  1. lymphatic vessel,
  2. lymphaticostomy,
  3. lymphatitis,
  4. lymphatolysis,
  5. lymphectasia,
  6. lymphemia,
  7. lympho-,
  8. lymphoblast,
  9. lymphoblastic leukemia,
  10. lymphoblastic lymphoma

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




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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