intumescence

noun
in·​tu·​mes·​cence | \ ˌin-tü-ˈme-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce intumescence (audio) , -tyü- \

Definition of intumescence

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

First Known Use of intumescence

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intumescence

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

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“Intumescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intumescence. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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intumescence

noun
in·​tu·​mes·​cence | \ -ˈmes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce intumescence (audio) \

Medical Definition of intumescence

1a : 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

Other Words from intumescence

intumesce \ -​ˈmes How to pronounce intumescence (audio) \ intransitive verb intumesced; intumescing

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