lymph·​ede·​ma | \ˌlim(p)-fi-ˈdē-mə \

Definition of lymphedema 

: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage

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Even on the brink of death, with her lungs failing and her legs and hips swollen with lymphedema, she was already determined to have one last swim in the sea. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars’ Review: An Examination of the Life Worth Living," 28 June 2018 Franciscan Health offers lymphedema seminar A free program offering information on lymphedema will be offered by the Franciscan Health Crown Point Breast Care Center at noon Thursday at the hospital, 1201 S. Main St., Crown Point. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 31 Jan. 2018 To complicate matters, Jeff developed lymphedema, a condition that left him with chronic pain and extreme shortness of breath. Gleaners Community Food Bank, Detroit Free Press, "Can You Improve Your Health Through Better Nutrition?," 15 Dec. 2017 As a byproduct of his cancer treatment, Mortensen developed lymphedema, which causes affected areas to swell and retain fluids due to the damage to the lymph nodes from the intense radiation. Peter King,, "Chris Mortensen’s Cancer Battle," 24 Oct. 2017 After completing six months of chemotherapy, Newman was cancer free but was diagnosed with lymphedema. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Breast cancer survivor stresses need for screening," 12 Oct. 2017 His grandmother died, his mother almost died due to complications from lymphedema, a condition that causes the retention of fluids and tissue swelling, and his younger brother, Jonathan, died of a drug overdose. Richard A. Webster,, "After early release from prison, Kenner dad adjusts to life as a free man," 12 July 2017 For Carrillo, participation has reduced the swelling in her arm from lymphedema, a side effect of surgery, and built strength. Helen Wolt,, "Rowing team unites cancer survivors," 5 June 2017 Right now, there is no cure or drug therapy for lymphedema, Rockson said. Amy Norton,, "Hope for first drug against lymphedema," 11 May 2017

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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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variants: or chiefly British lymphoedema \ˌlim(p)-​fi-​ˈdē-​mə \

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 \ adjective

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