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edema

[ih-dee-muh] /ɪˈdi mə/
noun, plural edemas, edemata
[ih-dee-muh-tuh] /ɪˈdi mə tə/ (Show IPA).
Pathology
1.
effusion of serous fluid into the interstices of cells in tissue spaces or into body cavities.
2.
Plant Pathology.
  1. a small surface swelling of plant parts, caused by excessive moisture.
  2. any disease so characterized.
Also, oedema.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Neo-Latin oedēma < Greek oídēma a swelling, equivalent to oidē- (variant stem of oideîn to swell) + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
edematous
[ih-dem-uh-tuh s, ih-dee-muh-] /ɪˈdɛm ə təs, ɪˈdi mə-/ (Show IPA),
edematose
[ih-dem-uh-tohs, ih-dee-muh-] /ɪˈdɛm əˌtoʊs, ɪˈdi mə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pseudoedema, noun, plural pseudoedemata.
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Examples from the web for edema
  • The abnormal buildup of fluid in the body is called edema.
  • She turned back from a second attempt several days later with cerebral edema.
  • Or a valve in the heart can leak, spilling blood into the lungs and causing pulmonary edema.
  • Pitting edema occurs when fluid collects in the tissue.
  • When fluid in the lungs builds up, it is called pulmonary edema.
  • Later, signs of chronic kidney failure may be apparent, including edema.
  • He had used a wheelchair for the last year because of edema in his leg, she said.
  • Brain edema and disorders of cerebrospinal fluid circulation.
  • The likelihood of edema can be lessened by removing only some of the lymph nodes instead of all of them.
  • Low pressure adversely affects blood flow is adversely and can cause edema.
British Dictionary definitions for edema

edema

/ɪˈdiːmə/
noun (pl) -mata (-mətə)
1.
the usual US spelling of oedema
Derived Forms
edematous (ɪˈdɛmətəs), edematose, adjective

oedema

/ɪˈdiːmə/
noun (pl) -mata (-mətə)
1.
(pathol) an excessive accumulation of serous fluid in the intercellular spaces of tissue
2.
(plant pathol) an abnormal swelling in a plant caused by a large mass of parenchyma or an accumulation of water in the tissues
Derived Forms
oedematous, edematous (ɪˈdɛmətəs), oedematose, edematose, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Greek oidēma, from oidein to swell
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Word Origin and History for edema
n.

c.1400, from medical Latin, from Greek oidema (genitive oidematos) "a swelling tumor," from oidein "to swell," from oidos "tumor, swelling," from PIE *oid- "to swell;" cf. Latin aemidus "swelling," Armenian aitumn "a swelling," Old Norse eista "testicle," Old English attor "poison" (that which makes the body swell), and the first element in Oedipus.

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edema in Medicine

edema e·de·ma (ĭ-dē'mə)
n. pl. e·de·mas or e·de·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities.

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edema in Science
edema
  (ĭ-dē'mə)   
An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or body cavities. Edema can be mild and benign as in pregnancy or prolonged standing in the elderly, or a serious sign of heart, liver, or kidney failure, or of other diseases.
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