detumescence

noun
de·​tu·​mes·​cence | \ ˌdē-t(y)ü-ˈme-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce detumescence (audio) \

Definition of detumescence

: subsidence or diminution of swelling or erection

Other Words from detumescence

detumescent \ ˌdē-​t(y)ü-​ˈme-​sᵊnt How to pronounce detumescent (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of detumescence

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for detumescence

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

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“Detumescence.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detumescence?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=detume01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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detumescence

noun
de·​tu·​mes·​cence | \ ˌdē-t(y)ü-ˈmes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce detumescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of detumescence

: subsidence or diminution of swelling or erection

Other Words from detumescence

detumescent \ -​ᵊnt How to pronounce detumescent (audio) \ adjective

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