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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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British Dictionary definitions for tumescent

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 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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tumescent in Medicine

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

  1. Somewhat tumid.

  2. Becoming swollen; swelling.

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