intumescence


in·tu·mes·cence

noun \ˌin-tü-ˈme-sən(t)s, -ty-\

Definition of INTUMESCENCE

:  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

in·tu·mes·cence

noun \-ˈmes-ən(t)s\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTUMESCENCE

1
a : the action or process of becoming enlarged or swollen b : the state of being swollen
2
: something (as a tumor) that is swollen or enlarged
in·tu·mesce \-ˈmes\ intransitive verb, in·tu·mesced in·tu·mesc·ing

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