drop·​sy | \ ˈdräp-sē How to pronounce dropsy (audio) \

Definition of dropsy

: edema

Examples of dropsy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This offer is valid only for townsfolk with proof of dropsy, mumps, polio, lumbago, colitis, bursitis, bites of the wolf most vile, and other afflictions covered under the purview of Clifton’s marvellous medical menagerie. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 19 May 2020 Jackson, who survived diseases like smallpox, malaria, dysentery, rheumatism and dropsy and endured physical disability most of his adult life after being shot in the chest during a duel, was just shy of Mr. Trump in stature, standing 6-foot-1. Peter Baker, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of dropsy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dropsy

Middle English dropesie, short for ydropesie, from Anglo-French, from Latin hydropisis, modification of Greek hydrōps, from hydōr water — more at water

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The first known use of dropsy was in the 13th century

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“Dropsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dropsy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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drop·​sy | \ ˈdräp-sē How to pronounce dropsy (audio) \
plural dropsies

Medical Definition of dropsy

: edema

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