dropsy

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

Definition of dropsy

: edema

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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, "Jackson and Trump: How Two Populist Presidents Compare," 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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dropsy

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

Medical Definition of dropsy

: edema

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