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Enfermedad Hidrópico

Definition of Enfermedad Hidrópico

  1. Hydropic disease, suffering from dropsy, i.e. abnormal retention of fluid in the body, especially in the belly area.
  2. Insatiable, that it is not possible to satiate its demands.

SYNONYMS FOR Enfermedad Hidrópico

  1. Disease
  2. Fluid retention
  3. Insatiable

ORIGIN OF Hidrópico

Due to its lexical components: hydro (water) and opos (face), plus the suffix -tico (related to) the word Hidrópico comes from the Latin hydropicus and in turn from the Greek hydropikos, meaning “suffering from accumulation of water in the belly”.

It refers to the disease called dropsy, which is the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneum located in the belly, although it also tends to extend to the ankles, wrists, arms and neck, that is, it is related to multiple conditions.

The symptom of fluid retention may be a consequence of a deficiency in the digestive functions or in the excretory functions of the kidneys or the skin of the person who suffers from it.

If the amount of retained fluid is very high, cardiac and pulmonary function disorders may occur, due to the pressure acting on these organs.

When water retention occurs in the abdomen, it may be caused by tuberculosis, tumors of the intestine, tumors of the female genital tract, as well as by various diseases or disorders in the digestive system.

There may be accumulation of fluid in the feet and legs commonly called “edema” which is characterized by the typical swelling, but without pain of any kind or alterations in the usual color of the skin.


The determining causes of edema are the same ones that originate dropsy, that is, circulatory disorders, diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver.

In the Bible it is said that Jesus Christ was invited to eat at the house of a ruler and there he met a man with dropsy, that is, a person suffering from the disease. When Jesus saw him, he was filled with compassion and cured him.