dropsy

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

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dropsy (usually uncountable, plural dropsies)

  1. (pathology) Swelling, edema, often from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.
    1911 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. — "Joseph Addison", Encyclopædia Britannica.

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