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

Definition of lymphedema

: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage

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Recent Examples on the Web Although there is no cure for lymphedema, the swelling and pain caused by the condition can be treated. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Wendy Williams opens up about lymphedema diagnosis, new boyfriend," 6 Mar. 2018 Using this system, the researchers identified a protein, integrin alpha-5, as potentially important to lymphedema. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Lymph vessels on a chip reveal possible new drug target for lymphedema," 13 Dec. 2019 That's because Vander Linden, 44, was born with lymphedema., "Compression garments can ease lymphedema. Covering costs? Not so easy.," 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, "Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades," 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,, "Higganum breast cancer survivor says she is a different person now," 27 Sep. 2019 According to Mayo Clinic, lymphedema involves a blockage in the lymphatic system causing a build-up of lymph fluid. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Wendy Williams opens up about lymphedema diagnosis, new boyfriend," 6 Mar. 2018 Risk factors for lymphedema include obesity, older age, and arthritis. Christina Oehler,, "Wendy Williams Was Diagnosed With Lymphedema–Here's What That Means," 9 July 2019 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

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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