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Pronunciation: e-de'ma


  1. An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells or intercellular tissues.
  2. At the gross level, used to describe the physical sign commonly likened to swelling or increased girth that often accompanies the accumulation of fluid in a body part, most often a limb.

[G. oidema, a swelling]

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