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



BrE BrE//ˌelɪfənˈtaɪəsɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌelɪfənˈtaɪəsɪs//
[uncountable] (medical)
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a condition in which part of the body swells and becomes very large because the lymphatic system is blocked Word Origin mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek, from elephas, elephant- ‘elephant’ + -iasis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: elephantiasis