edem·​a·​tous i-ˈde-mə-təs How to pronounce edematous (audio)
: relating to or affected with edema : abnormally swollen with fluid
edematous extremities/organs
After getting from Fay a comprehensive assessment of her many ailments, I decided to start her warmup by having her sit in a chair with her legs resting on my lap so that I could gently massage her edematous ankles.Pat Connolly

Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of edematous was in 1583

Dictionary Entries Near edematous

Cite this Entry

“Edematous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edematous. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British oedematous
: affected with edema
an edematous patient
an edematous lung
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