intumescence

[in-too-mes-uhns, -tyoo-]
noun
1.
a swelling up, as with congestion.
2.
the state of being swollen.
3.
a swollen mass.

Origin:
1650–60; < French; see intumesce, -ence

intumescent, adjective
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intumescence or intumescency (ˌɪntjʊˈmɛsəns)
 
n
1.  pathol a swelling up, as with blood or other fluid
2.  pathol a swollen organ or part
3.  chem the swelling of certain substances on heating, often accompanied by the escape of water vapour
 
intumescency or intumescency
 
n
 
intumescent or intumescency
 
adj

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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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There have been attempts to develop abetter understanding of intumescence.
Other chemical effects also may be achieved, such as film-forming and intumescence.
In this study, two approaches to defining intumescence were examined.
The hydrated borate crystals are subject to intumescence, that is, swelling on rapid or severe heating.
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