Definition of oedema in English:


Line breaks: oe¦dema
Pronunciation: /ɪˈdiːmə
(US edema)


[mass noun]
A condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body. Also called dropsy1.
More example sentences
  • Seven children died from illness or injury without oedema, three in the antioxidant supplement group and four in the placebo group.
  • Muscles waste away; oedema and accumulation of fluid in body cavities follows depletion of plasma proteins.
  • This is not easy, as too little fluid will cause hypoperfusion whereas too much will lead to oedema that will cause tissue hypoxia.


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



More example sentences
  • The breast skin overlying the lesion was erythematous and edematous.
  • The fragments were edematous with focal fibrosis.
  • When these lesions were stroked, they became red, edematous, and pruritic, and some formed blisters.

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