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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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  • Application of intumescent paint to underside of hatch on cable access level.
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  • The other countermeasure was an intumescent coating on the underbody of the vehicle.
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  • The use of intumescent paint to protect building materials from fire.
Word Origin and History for intumescent
adj.

1796, from Latin intumescentem (nominative intumescens), present participle of intumescere "to swell up," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + tumescere (see tumescence).

intumescence

n.

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

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intumescent 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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