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tumescent

[too-mes-uh nt, tyoo-] /tuˈmɛs ənt, tyu-/
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
1880-1885
1880-85; < Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent- -escent
Related forms
tumescence, noun
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  • He will be ready to believe anything, however absurd, so long as he is in his state of psychic tumescence.
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British Dictionary definitions for tumescence

tumescent

/tjuːˈmɛsənt/
adjective
1.
swollen or becoming swollen
Derived Forms
tumescence, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre
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Word Origin and History for tumescence
n.

1725, from French tumescence, from Latin tumescentem (nominative tumescens) "swelling," present participle of tumescere "begin to swell," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh) + inchoative suffix -escere. The earliest attested form of the word in English is tumefaction (1590s).

tumescent

adj.

1806, from Latin tumescentem, present participle of tumescere "to begin to swell," inceptive of tumere "to swell" (see thigh).

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tumescence in Medicine

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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