a gradual shrinking of a swelling, specif., of an erection of the penis
Origin of detumescencefrom Classical Latin detumescens, present participle of detumescere, to stop swelling, subside: see de- and tumescence
Reduction or lessening of a swelling, especially of a swollen organ or part.
Origin of detumescenceFrom Latin dētumēscere to subside dē- de- tumēscere to swell inchoative of tumēre ; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of subsiding from a swollen state, especially the relaxation of an erect penis.
de- + tumescence