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Definition of Cerebral edema

Cerebral edema: Accumulation of excessive fluid in the substance of the brain. The brain is especially susceptible to injury from edema, because it is located within a confined space and cannot expand.

Also known as brain edema, brain swelling, swelling of the brain, and wet brain.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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