Definition of hydrocele in US English:



  • The accumulation of serous fluid in a body sac.

    ‘hydrocele may progress over the years’
    count noun ‘the swelling is a hydrocele of the cord’
    • ‘These membranes form a closed, fluid-lined sac, like a deflated balloon, that sometimes swells up to become a hydrocele.’
    • ‘Alternatively, they can be drained with a needle and syringe, although the sac of the hydrocele may fill with fluid again after a few months.’
    • ‘A hydrocele occurs when fluid collects in the membranes surrounding the testes.’
    • ‘What are some of the specific complications associated with hydrocele / hernia surgery?’
    • ‘Possible causes include tumors of the testicle or spermatic cord, spermatoceles, hydroceles, varicoceles, hernias, or lipomas.’