Tumescence definition

to͝o-mĕsəns, tyo͝o-
A swollen part or organ.
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A swelling or enlarging.
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A swollen condition.
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A swelling; distention.
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A swollen or distended part.
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A swollen part or organ.
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A swelling or enlarging.
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A swollen condition.
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A swelling due to the presence of fluid.
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A swollen bodily organ; used especially of erectile tissue.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tumescence
Plural:
tumescences

Origin of tumescence

  • 1725, initially as tumefaction (1590s), from French tumescence, from Latin tumescens (“swelling"), present participle of tumÄ“scō (“I begin to swell"), from tumeō (“I swell") + -Ä“scō (“I become") (English -esce, in this form -escence), stem from Proto-Indo-European *tum-éh₁- (“to be swelling"), stative stem of *tum- (“to swell").

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