From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dropsy \Drop"sy\, n.; pl. Dropsies. [OE. dropsie, dropesie,
   OF. idropisie, F. hydropisie, L. hydropisis, fr. Gr. ?
   dropsy, fr. ? water. See Water, and cf. Hydropsy.] (Med.)
   An unnatural collection of serous fluid in any serous cavity
   of the body, or in the subcutaneous cellular tissue.
   [1913 Webster]
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