intumescence

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

Definition of intumescence

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

Origin and Etymology of intumescence

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


Medical Dictionary

intumescence

noun in·tu·mes·cence \ -ˈmes-ᵊn(t)s \

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

intumesce

play \-ˈmes\ intransitive verb intumesced; intumescing

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