Pathology An excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue spaces or a body cavity.(noun)
Botany Extended swelling in plant organs caused primarily by an excessive accumulation of water.(noun)
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Use "edema" in a sentence
"The English word "edema" comes from the Greek word oidema, meaning "a swelling tumor", which is derived from the Greek verb oidein meaning "to swell"."
"And I still am a little bit -- have a little bit of what they call edema, which is swelling."
"As edema is a clinical sign of a perturbation of fluid homeostasis, excess fat accumulation is indicative of a perturbation in energy balance."