- a swelling; distention
- a swollen or distended part
Origin of tumescence; from Classical Latin tumescens, present participle of tumescere, to swell up, inceptive of tumere, to swell: see tumor
- a. A swelling or enlarging.b. A swollen condition.
- A swollen part or organ.
1725, initially as tumefaction (1590s), from French tumescence, from Latin tumescens (“swelling"), present participle of tumÄ“scÅ (“I begin to swell"), from tumeÅ (“I swell") + -Ä“scÅ (“I become") (English -esce, in this form -escence), stem from Proto-Indo-European *tum-Ã©hâ‚- (“to be swelling"), stative stem of *tum- (“to swell").