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[lim-fi-dee-muh] /ˌlɪm fɪˈdi mə/
noun, Pathology
the accumulation of lymph in soft tissue with accompanying swelling, often of the extremities: sometimes caused by inflammation, obstruction, or removal of lymph channels.
Origin of lymphedema
1885-90; lymph- + edema Unabridged
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lymphedema in Medicine

lymphedema lym·phe·de·ma (lĭm'fĭ-dē'mə)
Swelling, especially in subcutaneous tissues, as a result of obstruction of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes, with accumulation of lymph in the affected region.

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