Definition of edema in English:


(British oedema)

Pronunciation /əˈdēmə/ /əˈdimə/

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

    Also called dropsy

    ‘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’.