tumescence[to̵̅o̅ mes′əns, tyo̵̅o̅-]
- 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 (â€œswellingâ€), present participle of tumÄ“scÅ (â€œI begin to swellâ€), from tumeÅ (â€œI swellâ€) + -Ä“scÅ (â€œI becomeâ€) (English -esce, in this form -escence), stem from Proto-Indo-European *tum-Ã©hâ‚- (â€œto be swellingâ€), stative stem of *tum- (â€œto swellâ€).