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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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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for intumescence

intumescence

/ˌɪntjʊˈmɛsəns/
noun
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
Derived Forms
intumescent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for intumescence
n.

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

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intumescence 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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