Definition of dropsical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɒpsɪk(ə)l/


Affected with or characteristic of dropsy; oedematous: enormous dropsical ankles figurative if Rubens’s women are ample, these are dropsical
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  • This results in generalized oedema - or ‘dropsical effusion’ as it was called in the 1820s by Richard Bright, in his classic description of chronic nephritis (Bright's disease).
  • She is enfeebled, dropsical, perpetually damp from cooking and cleaning, toothless, and refuses to wear false teeth (Janet remarks that Mother can never find comfortable teeth).
  • His big and dropsical head, disproportionate to his emaciated body, leans against his mother's shoulder, his eyes blinking weakly.


Late 17th century: from dropsy1, replacing earlier hydropic(al), via Latin from Greek hudrōps 'dropsy'.

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