Definition of dropsy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdrɒpsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdrɑːpsi//
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= oedema Word Origin Middle English: shortening of idropesie, earlier form of obsolete hydropsy, via Old French and Latin from Greek hudrōps ‘dropsy’, from hudōr ‘water’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dropsy