- Accumulation of fluid in the coat around the testis. Small hydroceles tend to disappear by a year of age while larger hydroceles may persist and warrant surgery.
* * *A collection of serous fluid in a sacculated cavity; specifically, such a collection in the space of the tunica vaginalis testis, or in a separate pocket along the spermatic cord. [hydro- + G. kele, hernia]- cervical h. a cyst formed by secretion into a persistent duct or fissure of the neck; when it involves lymph channels, it is usually a lymphangioma. SYN: h. colli.- h. colli SYN: cervical h..- congenital h. a collection of fluid in the patent processus vaginalis leading from the abdominal cavity to the investing sac of the testis.- Dupuytren h. bilocular h. in which the sac fills the scrotum and also extends into the abdominal cavity beneath the peritoneum.- noncommunicating h. cord or scrotal h. without communication to peritoneal cavity because processus vaginalis is not patent.
* * *hy·dro·cele 'hī-drə-.sēl n an accumulation of serous fluid in a sacculated cavity (as the scrotum)
* * *n.the accumulation of watery liquid in a sac, usually the sac surrounding the testes. This condition is characterized by painless enlargement of the scrotum; it is treated surgically, by drainage of the fluid or removal of the sac.
* * *hy·dro·cele (hiґdro-sēl) [hydro- + -cele1] a circumscribed collection of fluid, especially a collection of fluid in the tunica vaginalis testis or along the spermatic cord.
Medical dictionary. 2011.