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dropsy (drop´se)

Old term for edema. [G. hydrops]
abdominal d. ascites
cardiac d. edema due to heart failure.
epidemic d. a disease causing occasional epidemics in India and Mauritius; marked by edema, anemia, eruptive angiomatosis, and mild fever; may be associated with nutritional deficiency.
famine d. edema occurring with the hypoproteinemia of low protein intake occurring as starvation of a large population group.
nutritional d. edema due to hypoproteinemia secondary to malnutrition.
d. of pericardium pericardial effusion


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