dropsy


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drop·sy

 (drŏp′sē)
n.
Edema. No longer in scientific use.

[Middle English dropesie, short for idropesie, from Old French ydropisie, from Medieval Latin ydrōpisia, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōpiāsis, from hudrōps, dropsy, a dropsical person : hudro-, water; see hydro- + ōps, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

drop′si·cal (-sĭ-kəl) adj.
drop′si·cal·ly adv.

dropsy

(ˈdrɒpsɪ)
n
1. (Pathology) pathol a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
2. slang a tip or bribe
[C13: shortened from ydropesie, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōps, from hudōr water]
dropsical, ˈdropsied adj
ˈdropsically adv

drop•sy

(ˈdrɒp si)

n.
(formerly) edema.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Medieval Latin (h)ydrōpisia, ultimately < Greek hydrōpíāsis, derivative of hýdrōps edema]
drop′si•cal (-sɪ kəl) adj.
drop′si•cal•ly, adv.
drop′sied, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dropsy - swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavitiesdropsy - swelling from excessive accumulation of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities
angioedema, atrophedema, giant hives, periodic edema, Quincke's edema - recurrent large circumscribed areas of subcutaneous edema; onset is sudden and it disappears within 24 hours; seen mainly in young women, often as an allergic reaction to food or drugs
lymphedema - swelling (usually in the legs) caused by lymph accumulating in the tissues in the affected areas
scleredema - a skin disease marked by hard edema of the tissue usually beginning in the face
cystoid macular edema - a specific pattern of swelling in the central retina
puffiness, swelling, lump - an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
anasarca - generalized edema with accumulation of serum in subcutaneous connective tissue
chemosis - edema of the mucous membrane of the eyeball and eyelid lining
papilledema - swelling of the optic disc (where the optic nerve enters the eyeball); usually associated with an increase in intraocular pressure
brain edema, cerebral edema - swelling of the brain due to the uptake of water in the neuropile and white matter
Translations

dropsy

[ˈdrɒpsɪ] Nhidropesía f

dropsy

nWassersucht f

drop·sy

n. hidropesía, acumulación excesiva de fluido seroso en una cavidad o tejido celular.
References in classic literature ?
One day, taking a pair of shoes to be mended, he saw the cobbler's wife seated by the fire, suffering from the terrible symptoms of heart-disease and dropsy, which he had witnessed as the precursors of his mother's death.
She is no reaper that sleeps out the noontide; at all times she is reaping and cutting down, as well the dry grass as the green; she never seems to chew, but bolts and swallows all that is put before her, for she has a canine appetite that is never satisfied; and though she has no belly, she shows she has a dropsy and is athirst to drink the lives of all that live, as one would drink a jug of cold water.
In it was a good-natured-looking old woman with a dropsy, or an asthma, or perhaps both.
Beside him, a man with the dropsy was getting rid of his swelling, and making four or five female thieves, who were disputing at the same table, over a child who had been stolen that evening, hold their noses.
Monsieur le Baron Flamet de la Billardiere died this morning of dropsy, caused by heart disease.
It ill becomes me to prate too much of what I have endured for the faith, and yet, since you have observed it, I must tell you that this thickness and roundness of the waist is caused by a dropsy brought on by over-haste in journeying from the house of Pilate to the Mount of Olives.
Nay, nay," cried Alleyne, "this was a holy man who had journeyed to Jerusalem, and acquired a dropsy by running from the house of Pilate to the Mount of Olives,"
He had concealed a dropsy from infancy, he had inherited a large estate of water on the chest from his grandfather, he had had an operation performed upon him every morning of his life for eighteen years, he had been subject to the explosion of important veins in his body after the manner of fireworks, he had had something the matter with his lungs, he had had something the matter with his heart, he had had something the matter with his brain.
But as young dropsy evinced no symptoms of returning animation, Sam Weller sat himself down in front of the cart, and starting the old horse with a jerk of the rein, jogged steadily on, towards the Manor Farm.
Pullet, sighing and shaking her head; "and there isn't another such a dropsy in the parish.
Pullet, "she'd another complaint ever so many years before she had the dropsy, and the doctors couldn't make out what it was.
Others came to see that nothing went awry, that the shallow-minded and small-hearted kept their meanness at bay, and that the entire event be characterized by that abiding gentleness of spirit to which they themselves had arrived by the simple determination not to let anything - anything at all: not failed crops, not rednecks, lost jobs, sick children, rotten potatoes, broken pipes, bug-ridden flour, third-class coal, educated social workers, thieving insurance men, garlic-ridden hunkies, corrupt Catholics, racist Protestants, cowardly Jews, slaveholding Moslems, jack-leg nigger preachers, squeamish Chinamen, cholera, dropsy or the Black Plague, let alone a strange woman - keep them from their God.