lymph·​ede·​ma | \ ˌlim(p)-fi-ˈdē-mə How to pronounce lymphedema (audio) \

Definition of lymphedema

: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage

Examples of lymphedema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The subjects of season 9 open up about a myriad of health struggles, including depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and lymphedema. Glenn Garner,, 8 Oct. 2021 If the experiment failed, McKenzie risked giving two dozen women life-altering lymphedema. Sarah Michels, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 Secondary lymphedema can be caused by surgery, cancer or radiation treatment for cancer, and infection. Korin Miller,, 21 May 2021 Although there is no cure for lymphedema, the swelling and pain caused by the condition can be treated. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2018 Using this system, the researchers identified a protein, integrin alpha-5, as potentially important to lymphedema. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, 13 Dec. 2019 That's because Vander Linden, 44, was born with lymphedema., 5 Nov. 2019 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 Two years ago, Gammons was diagnosed with lymphedema, a painful swelling of her arms stemming from fluid from lymph nodes being blocked, most often as a result of damage to or removal of nodes during cancer treatment. Loretta Waldman,, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of lymphedema

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lymphedema

New Latin

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“Lymphedema.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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variants: or chiefly British lymphoedema \ ˌlim(p)-​fi-​ˈdē-​mə How to pronounce lymphedema (audio) \

Medical Definition of lymphedema

: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage

Other Words from lymphedema

lymphedematous or chiefly British lymphoedematous \ ˌlim(p)-​fi-​ˈdem-​ət-​əs How to pronounce lymphedema (audio) \ adjective

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