hy·​dro·​cele | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌsēl How to pronounce hydrocele (audio) \

Definition of hydrocele

: an accumulation of serous fluid in a saclike cavity (such as the scrotum)

Examples of hydrocele in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though most infected people show no symptoms, some can go on to develop lymphedema (tissue swelling), elephantiasis (skin and tissue thickening), and such scrotal swelling, called hydrocele. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hydrocele

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrocele

Latin, from Greek hydrokēlē, from hydr- + kēlē tumor — more at -cele

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The first known use of hydrocele was in 1597

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3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hydrocele.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocele. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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hy·​dro·​cele | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌsēl How to pronounce hydrocele (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrocele

: an accumulation of serous fluid in a sacculated cavity (as the scrotum)

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