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intumescence

[in-too-mes-uh ns, -tyoo-] /ˌɪn tʊˈmɛs əns, -tyʊ-/
noun
1.
a swelling up, as with congestion.
2.
the state of being swollen.
3.
a swollen mass.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < French; see intumesce, -ence
Related forms
intumescent, adjective
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intumescence

n.

1650s, from French intumescence, from Latin intumescere (see intumescent).

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in tumescence in Medicine

intumescence in·tu·mes·cence (ĭn'tōō-měs'əns, -tyōō-)
n.

  1. The act or process of swelling or the condition of being swollen.

  2. A swollen organ or body part.


in'tu·mes'cent adj.
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