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edema Syllabification: e·de·ma
Pronunciation: /əˈdēmə/
(British also oedema)

Definition of edema in English:


A condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body. Also called dropsy1.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /əˈdemədəs/
Example sentences
  • Allergic forms usually present acutely with erythematous, pruritic, edematous and exudative lesions, while contact dermatitis often has a more insidious onset with lichenification.
  • Urticaria is characterized by pruritic, edematous, well-circumscribed, erythematous plaques that are transient over several hours.
  • Symptoms of strep throat may include pharyngeal erythema and swelling, tonsillar exudate, edematous uvula, palatine petechiae, and anterior cervical lymphadenopathy.


Late Middle English: modern Latin, from Greek oidēma, from oidein 'to swell'.

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