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intumescence

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noun in·tu·mes·cence \ˌin-tü-ˈme-sən(t)s, -tyu̇-\

Definition of intumescence

  1. :  a swollen or enlarged part of a plant or animal; also :  the process of swelling up or enlarging



Origin of intumescence

French, from Latin intumescere to swell up, from in- + tumescere to swell — more at tumescence


First Known Use: 1650


Medical Dictionary

intumescence

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noun in·tu·mes·cence \-ˈmes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of intumescence

  1. 1a:  the action or process of becoming enlarged or swollenb:  the state of being swollen

  2. 2:  something (as a tumor) that is swollen or enlarged

  3. in·tu·mesce \-ˈmes\play intransitive verb, in·tu·mesced in·tu·mesc·ing




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