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- (pathology) Swelling, edema, often from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- Caliban: The dropſie drowne this foole, […]
- 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.