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    fluid was building up

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind to explain in plain English the meaning of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from a NYT’s article?

    The boy had a shunt in his brain to drain fluid, but he was vomiting and had an extreme headache, two signs that the shunt was blocked and fluid was building up.

    I know at least two meanings of the phrasal verb build up but I couldn’t catch the meaning of the expression in question in full.

    build up (v) = 1. enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages; 2. form or accumulate steadily

    What condition results in Cholesterol building up in the wall of blood vessels?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    Re: fluid was building up

    It means 'accumulate' in this context.

    See

    Hydrocephalus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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