ede·​ma | \ i-ˈdē-mə How to pronounce edema (audio) \

Definition of edema

1 : an abnormal infiltration and excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

2a : watery swelling of plant organs or parts
b : any of various plant diseases characterized by such swellings

Examples of edema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More: Mom, brother of teen found dead in Clippard Park taken into custody in Virginia The preliminary autopsy report showed Emma had pulmonary edema, a large amount of foam-like fluid in her lungs. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Toxicology: 15-year-old Emma Roberts' death in Clippard Park ruled accidental overdose," 9 Apr. 2020 Altitude sickness, caused by going too high too fast, can cause headaches, nausea and dizziness and, at its extreme end, high altitude pulmonary edema, a potentially fatal buildup of fluid in the lungs. Washington Post, "How a lifelong obsession with snow leopards led me to northern India," 10 Jan. 2020 Bowie, who since has heard stories about other significant device failures, was left with just 8% of his lung capacity and deals with frequent non-pulmonary edema, similar to COVID-19 patients. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Gone By: Reliever Micah Bowie deals with harrowing lung problems," 21 Apr. 2020 The girl sustained a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, brain contusions and brain edema, it was announced in a press release in June. Jill Martin, CNN, "Report: Young girl hit by foul ball at Astros game has permanent brain injury, attorney says," 8 Jan. 2020 An edema is caused by fluid buildup in the bone marrow. BostonGlobe.com, "who has missed the last three games with a sore left hip, has been officially diagnosed with a bone edema and will be limited for the next three weeks before being reassessed.," 17 Dec. 2019 Williams had missed the past three months with a hip edema injury, an ailment the Celtics treated cautiously and Williams has been anxious to return since ramping up his practices since the All-Star Break. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics’ Robert Williams set for return," 28 Feb. 2020 The one clothing item that seems especially important is compression socks, because long-haul flights put travelers at a slightly higher risk of swelling (edema) and blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT). Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "He was dreading his 13-hour flight. So he asked experts for some tips.," 6 Nov. 2019 Center Robert Williams is expected to see another specialist in New York on Tuesday regarding his hip edema. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Isaiah Thomas a fan, and a friend, of Jaylen Brown," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of edema

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edema

New Latin, from Greek oidēma swelling, from oidein to swell; akin to Armenian aytnu- swell, Old English ātor poison

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“Edema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edema. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British oedema \ i-​ˈdē-​mə How to pronounce oedema (audio) \
plural edemas or chiefly British oedemas also edemata\ -​mət-​ə \ or chiefly British oedemata

Medical Definition of edema

: an abnormal excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

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