lymph·​ede·​ma ˌlim(p)-fi-ˈdē-mə How to pronounce lymphedema (audio)
: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage

Examples of lymphedema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those with no risk factors, blood pressure readings and blood draws did not increase the risk of developing lymphedema in a recent study. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2023 Initial treatment for mild lymphedema includes frequent elevation of the affected limb; regular moderate exercise (this has been controversial in the past, but most studies now show improvement in lymphedema from exercise); skin care; and compression therapy as prescribed by an expert. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 July 2023 Today, Rutherford, 38, is healthy and cancer-free (her melanoma was surgically removed a month after her diagnosis), though her recovery took several years, complicated by chronic lymphedema caused by the removal of her lymph nodes. Melanie Rud, Women's Health, 27 June 2023 The biopsy ruled out cancer but exacerbated his lymphedema symptoms. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 15 May 2023 In a 30-minute conversation with WBLS personality Jus Nik, Williams told the audience at Resorts World New York about her health condition lymphedema, which causes her feet and legs to swell. Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Williams has been open about her struggle with addiction in the past, as well as her ongoing battle with both Graves' disease and lymphedema. Emlyn Travis,, 14 Sep. 2022 The lengthy report from THR comes several weeks after Williams appeared on TMZ Live, where she was seen slurring her words, losing her train of thought, and even raising her foot to the camera to show the effects of her lymphedema. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 17 Aug. 2022 In April, Cynthia Orr lobbied Congress in support of the lymphedema Treatment Act. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 24 July 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lymphedema was in 1889

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“Lymphedema.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British lymphoedema
: edema due to faulty lymphatic drainage
lymphedematous adjective
or chiefly British lymphoedematous

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