Simple Definition of swelling
: an area on someone's body that is larger than normal because of an illness or injury
: the condition of being larger than normal
Full Definition of swelling
1 : something that is swollen; specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2 : the condition of being swollen
Examples of swelling in a sentence
There was a swelling above her eye.
The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of swelling
before 12th century
SWELLING Defined for Kids
Definition of swelling for Students
: a swollen lump or part
Medical Definition of swelling
: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement <an inflammatory swelling>
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