Definition of edema in English:


(British oedema)

Pronunciation /əˈdēmə/ /əˈdimə/


  • A condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.

    • ‘Mild edema of the medullary cavity was present in most of these cases.’
    • ‘This reverses the gradient, causing a decrease in tissue and organ edema and associated morbidity.’
    • ‘The bandages substitute for the elasticity lost by tissues engorged with edema.’
    • ‘Hyponatremia in the presence of edema indicates increased total body sodium and water.’
    • ‘Patients may develop blepharitis and present with ptosis secondary to edema and inflammation.’


Late Middle English modern Latin, from Greek oidēma, from oidein ‘to swell’.



/əˈdēmə/ /əˈdimə/