drop·​sy | \ˈdräp-sē \

Definition of dropsy 

: edema

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Instead, Williamson had a bad case of the dropsies and played just three seasons in Minnesota. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Every team's most agonizing NFL draft pick in last 20 years," 25 Apr. 2018 The hope is Brown and Crabtree can recapture their 2015 form, when Brown hadn’t yet been bitten by the injury bug and Crabtree hadn’t yet been infected with the dropsies. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Eric Reid Is Still a Free Agent. He Shouldn’t Be," 21 Mar. 2018 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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drop·​sy | \ˈdräp-sē \
plural dropsies

Medical Definition of dropsy 

: edema

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