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Definition of Edema

Edema: The swelling of soft tissues as a result of excess fluid accumulation. Edema is often most prominent in the lower legs and feet toward the end of the day because fluid pools while people maintain an upright position.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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