tumescent

[too-mes-uhnt, tyoo-]
adjective
1.
swelling; slightly tumid.
2.
exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.
3.
pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.

Origin:
1880–85; < Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent

tumescence, noun
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tumescent (tjuːˈmɛsənt)
 
adj
swollen or becoming swollen
 
[C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre]
 
tu'mescence
 
n

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tumescence
1859, from Fr. tumescence, from L. tumescentem (nom. tumescens) "swelling," prp. of tumescere "begin to swell," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh) + inchoative suffix -escere. The earliest attested form of the word in Eng. is tumefaction (1597).
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tumescence tu·mes·cence (tōō-měs'əns, tyōō-)
n.

  1. A swelling or an enlargement.

  2. A swollen condition.

  3. A swollen part or organ.

tumescent tu·mes·cent (tōō-měs'ənt, tyōō-)
adj.

  1. Somewhat tumid.

  2. Becoming swollen; swelling.

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Example sentences
He will be ready to believe anything, however absurd, so long as he is in his state of psychic tumescence.
All of us need the right environment, the right mood, in order to operate at full mental tumescence.
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