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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.
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Immediately a place Before his eyes appeard, sad, noysom, dark, A Lazar-house it seemd, wherein were laid Numbers of all diseas'd, all maladies Of gastly Spasm, or racking torture, qualmes Of heart-sick Agonie, all feavorous kinds, Convulsions, Epilepsies, fierce Catarrhs, Intestin Stone and Ulcer, Colic pangs, Dropsies, and Asthma's, and Joint-racking Rheums.
Ponty started getting the dropsies in defence and a hack-on saw the flying Baker somersault over the line and Jones converted before following with a penalty.
He's really putting a lot of energy your way so if you are getting frustrated, have a touch of the dropsies or find yourself falling over your own two feet, it's because you're not using his energy the way he intended.
the living room of the Van Dropsies, a Dutch family from New York's
And they will also have to find a cure for the Dropsies and injudicious kicking that is undermining their chances of making next term's Championship.
We sustained our attack for longer, we were a little bit inaccurate around our ball work and hence relieved a lot of pressure in the first half in particular and even in the second half there were incidents of the dropsies," said Deans.
Marlon McCree was the recipient, but the Charger safety continued a day-long trend of the dropsies when Troy Brown poked the ball loose.
And there is no getting away from the fact that the tourists continued to look unprofessional in the field in Manchester after their case of the dropsies at Lord's and were like rabbits caught in front of headlamps with the bat.
That's how UCLA senior tailback DeShaun Foster explained an uncharacteristic case of the dropsies Saturday.
But dropsy was still poorly understood until Bright, who put it all together with diseased kidneys and albuminuria and distinguished dropsies of renal origin from other etiologies.
Worse, drunkenness was "the seminary of many diseases, Gouts, Dropsies, Feavers, and what not, and disposes it for a dissolution, and in a few years, even in young men, we may evidently see a wonderful change.
Elvis Grbac played reasonably well in Young's stead, but his receivers were plagued by the dropsies.