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case of the dropsy

A fictitious "condition" characterized by continually dropping things from one's hands. It is a play on the term "dropsy," which was formerly used to denote the condition now known as edema (or oedema). I've broken four or five plates since I started work. I guess I've got a bad case of the dropsy today.
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As per history and clinical examination, buffaloes were diagnosed as suffering from dropsy of fetal membranes i.
Epidemic dropsy has been reported from time to time in various parts of India.
Dropsy cases were well-represented in the Rampart scandal.
He died in 1688 after being diagnosed with dropsy, but now in his 50s, he had spent a lot of time in London while tuberculosis was rampant.
SCROFULE SALT RHEUM PALSY NEURALGIA DARTING PAINS Dear --, put a hex on me at the end, in the way only the dropsy, the vertiginous, the beat blood spume of please can cast out the water of such a spell: You'll never love again.
So, too, at a time of public conversation around the fact that new drugs are being withheld from Britain's National Health Service due to cost concerns, it is cheering to watch Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton), mother to the heir Matthew, insist that the life of a farmhand suffering dropsy is worth saving, no matter how expensive the newfangled cure.
I had the communal dropsy for a day and then I got the herpetology and then I claimed the strange liquors and slathered myself upon the lathe and then I got another disease called the blue coagulus.
Nohrnberg explores cantos XXIX-XXX of Dante's Inferno to conclude that greed and frivolous consumption result in society's physical, spiritual, and moral disfigurement as evidenced by leprosy, dropsy, and rabies.
You say the wrong thing, make a wrong move or have a touch of the emotional dropsy, perhaps.
Its general and traditional uses include: (i) Ornamental, (ii) social use in: religion and, superstitions (iii) Food uses include: sauce ingredients and spice and (iv) Medicinal application in diseases such as: arthritis, rheumatism, dropsy, swellings, oedema, gout and pain-killers [7].
These chants may not be familiar to you, each district had their own variations, but you may remember similar ones like this popular skipping chant: 1,2,3 O'Leary, 4,5,6 O'Leary, 7,8,9 O'Leary, 10 O'Leary, 11 O'Leary 1,2,3 upsy, 5,4,6 upsy, 7,8,9 upsy, 10 upsy, 11 upsy, 123 a dropsy, 456 a dropsy etc 123 a stouncy, 456 etc 123 a pearl-a-pecker etc Sometimes depending on whereabouts you were from, O'Leary would be pronounced O'Laira but there were any number of versions of the same chant.
Even a single plant part could be used for treatment of multiple ailments; for instance, the tubers of Lasia spinosa were used for blood purification, rheumatoid arthritis, encysted dropsy (abnormal collection of serous fluid in any sac or cyst), and eczema.
It is also used as remedy for narcotic poisons, convulsions, dyspeptic complaints and dropsy.
One anonymous writer supposed that their wholesome way of life freed them from "those indispositions our Luxury brings upon us," such as "gout, dropsy [edema], or gravel [kidney stones].
Ever since William Withering in England discovered in 1776 that digitalis helped dropsy, a disease related to the heart, it has been used as a heart medication.