Definition of

Tumescence

  1. (noun, state) tumidity resulting from the presence of blood or other fluid in the tissues

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Alternate forms of Tumescence

Derivations: tumescent

Hypernyms: tumidity, tumidness

Origin of the word Tumescence

  1. 1859, from Fr. tumescence, from L. tumescentem (nom. tumescens) "swelling," prp. of tumescere "begin to swell," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh) + inchoative suffix -escere. The earliest attested form of the word in Eng. is tumefaction (1597). more

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