Dropsied

dropsy

[drop-see]
noun
1.
(formerly) edema.
2.
an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English drop(e)sie, aphetic variant of ydropesie < Old French < Medieval Latin (h)ydrōpisīa, equivalent to Latin hydrōpis(is) (< Greek hydrōpi-, stem of hýdrōps dropsy (hydr- hydr- + -ōpsi- < ?) + -sis -sis) + -ia -y3

dropsied [drop-seed] , adjective
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dropsy (ˈdrɒpsɪ)
 
n
1.  pathol a condition characterized by an accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or in a body cavity
2.  slang a tip or bribe
 
[C13: shortened from ydropesie, from Latin hydrōpisis, from Greek hudrōps, from hudōr water]
 
dropsical
 
adj
 
'dropsied
 
adj
 
'dropsically
 
adv

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dropsy
late 13c., aphetic of M.E. ydropsy, from O.Fr. idropsie,, from L. hydropsis, from Gk. hydrops (gen. hydropos) "dropsy," from hydor "water" (see water (n.1)).
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Medical Dictionary

dropsy drop·sy (drŏp'sē)
n.
Edema. No longer in technical use.

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Dropsy definition


mentioned only in Luke 14:2. The man afflicted with it was cured by Christ on the Sabbath.

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