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 The Dominican Republic National Police announced that an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a buildup of fluid in the lungs. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Oklahoma High School Graduates Get Sick in the Dominican Republic During Senior Trip," 18 June 2019 Pulmonary edema — excess fluid in the lungs — was listed among the causes of death for the couple in preliminary reports. NBC News, "New Jersey man becomes latest American tourist to die at a Dominican Republic resort," 18 June 2019 Her death certificate mentions pulmonary edema and cardiac abnormalities. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican Republic resort deaths mystery: timeline," 25 May 2019 Image Autopsies showed that the deaths of the Maryland couple were a result of respiratory failure brought on by pulmonary edema — fluid in the lungs. New York Times, "Crisis Hits Dominican Republic Over Deaths of U.S. Tourists," 23 June 2019 When the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, people can develop swelling around the ankles and eyes (edema), blood in the urine, or weigh gain. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Kim Kardashian Thinks She Has Lupus in New 'KUWTK' Trailer—but What Does That Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it 'ludicrous'," 25 June 2019 Autopsies found pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently caused by heart disease. Washington Post, "Minister: 8 tourism deaths in Dominican Republic not unusual," 21 June 2019 In addition to a heart attack, a copy of Harrison’s death certificate obtained by The Post also listed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that can cause respiratory failure, and atherosclerosis under causes of death. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Another American tourist died in the Dominican Republic. Officials insist the country is ‘safe.’," 10 June 2019

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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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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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