from The Century Dictionary.

  • Affected with dropsy; inclined to dropsy.
  • Resembling or partaking of the nature of dropsy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Diseased with dropsy; hydropical; tending to dropsy.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to dropsy.

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  • adjective Pertaining to, or afflicted with, dropsy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective swollen with an excessive accumulation of fluid


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  • When the inspiratory thorax gains space from the abdomen, or when space is demanded for the increasing bulk of the alimentary canal, or for the enlarging pregnant uterus; or when, in consequence of disease, such as dropsical accumulation, more room is wanted, then the abdominal chamber supplies the demand by the anterior bulge or swell of its expansile muscular parietes.

    Surgical Anatomy

  • But his dropsical face, looming from the billboards in Libya's cities, has grown more mournful and deranged as the political structures he conjured up have degenerated.

    Libya: Gaddafi's destructive path | Editorial

  • If a dropsical patient be seized with hiccup the case is hopeless.


  • In dropsical persons, ulcers forming on the body are not easily healed.


  • They will sit there, for hours, leaning on great, dropsical, mildewed umbrellas, or eating Abernethy biscuits.

    Sketches by Boz

  • ‘What reptile?’ said Mr. Pickwick, looking about him for fear he should tread on some overgrown black beetle, or dropsical spider.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • After much blundering and backing, it stopped at the door: rolling heavily from side to side when its other motion had ceased, as if it had taken cold in its damp stable, and between that, and the having been required in its dropsical old age to move at any faster pace than a walk, were distressed by shortness of wind.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • This is a very knotty question; it is like asking how far a dropsical man may be punctured without his dying under the operation; this depends on the prudence of the physician.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Whisper him (if he doubts) that she is bloated, dropsical, and not the woman she was.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • This ready, though raw wench, gave an instance of this, and improved on the dropsical hint I had given her.

    Clarissa Harlowe


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  • I know of only five bona fide English words that end with “-psical”: “autopsical”, “harpsical”, “dropsical”, and the dubious derived forms “nondropsical” and “undropsical”. There are at least 111 words that end with “-sical”.

    January 25, 2011

  • How about mopsical and nimptopsical?

    January 26, 2011

  • "Documents must be sent with draft". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 22, 2013