to swell, enlarge, expand, or bubble up, as with heat
Origin of intumesceClassical Latin intumescere: see in- and amp; tumescent
intransitive verbin·tu·mesced, in·tu·mesc·ing, in·tu·mesc·es
- To swell or expand; enlarge.
- To bubble up, especially from the effect of heating.
Origin of intumesceLatin intum&emacron;scere : in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + tum&emacron;scere, to begin to swell, inchoative of tum&emacron;re, to swell; see teu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present intumesces, present participle intumescing, simple past and past participle intumesced)
From Latin intumēscō.