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Pronunciation: limf'e-de'ma

Definition: Swelling (especially in subcutaneous tissues) as a result of obstruction of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes and the accumulation of large amounts of lymph in the affected region.

[lymph + G. oidema, a swelling]

See Also: elephantiasis

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