detumescence

noun

de·​tu·​mes·​cence ˌdē-t(y)ü-ˈme-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce detumescence (audio)
: subsidence or diminution of swelling or erection
detumescent adjective

Examples of detumescence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is often an audible crack and rapid detumescence with subcutaneous hemorrhage that follows. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 3 Mar. 2012 Half presented the classical triad of audible crack, detumescence, and pain. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

Latin detumescere to become less swollen, from de- + tumescere to swell — more at tumescent

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of detumescence was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Detumescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detumescence. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

detumescence

noun
de·​tu·​mes·​cence ˌdē-t(y)ü-ˈmes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce detumescence (audio)
: subsidence or diminution of swelling or erection
detumescent adjective
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