dropsy

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English ydropsy, from Old French idropsie, ydropisie, from Latin hydropisis, from Ancient Greek ὕδρωψ (húdrōps), from ὕδωρ (húdōr, water).

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dropsy (usually uncountable, plural dropsies)

  1. (pathology) Swelling, edema, often from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.
    1911, Joseph Addison, Encyclopædia Britannica:
    • The disease under which Addison laboured appears to have been asthma. It became more violent after his retirement from office, and was now accompanied by dropsy.

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