hydrocele

noun

hy·​dro·​cele ˈhī-drə-ˌsēl How to pronounce hydrocele (audio)
: an accumulation of serous fluid in a saclike cavity (such as the scrotum)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many men with a hydrocele worry about fertility, but this is not usually affected. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 10 Feb. 2022 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, 18 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrocele was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Hydrocele.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrocele. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

hydrocele

noun
hy·​dro·​cele ˈhī-drə-ˌsēl How to pronounce hydrocele (audio)
: an accumulation of serous fluid in a sacculated cavity (as the scrotum)

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