overcrowding; clogging: severe traffic congestion.
an excessive or abnormal accumulation of blood or other fluid in a body part or blood vessel: pulmonary congestion.

1585–95; < Latin congestiō. See congest, -ion

noncongestion, noun
precongestion, noun
supercongestion, noun Unabridged
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congestion (kənˈdʒɛstʃən)
1.  the state of being overcrowded, esp with with traffic or people
2.  the state of being overloaded or clogged with blood
3.  the state of being blocked with mucus

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "action of gathering together," from Fr. congestion (16c.), from L. congestionem, noun of action from congerere (see congest). Medical sense is from 1630s; meaning "a crowding together of people, traffic, etc." is from 1883.
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Medical Dictionary

congestion con·ges·tion (kən-jěs'chən)
The presence of an abnormal amount of fluid in a vessel or organ; especially excessive accumulation of blood, due either to increased afflux or to obstruction of return flow.

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Computing Dictionary

congestion definition

When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity.

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Example sentences
The city has become gridlocked, with rush-hours replaced by semi-permanent
Many small and mid-sized cities simply don't have the money to conduct traffic
  studies that would ease congestion.
Re dairy products: they seem to cause congestion and general puffiness and
  water retention.
The new study indicates that congestion in axons is the likely culprit behind
  amyloid-filled plaques and tau-rich tangles.
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