intumescence

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

Definition of intumescence

  1. :  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

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noun in·tu·mes·cence \-ˈmes-ən(t)s\

Medical Definition of intumescence

  1. 1a:  the action or process of becoming enlarged or swollenb:  the state of being swollen

  2. 2:  something (as a tumor) that is swollen or enlarged

intumesce

\-ˈmes\play intransitive verb

intumesced

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intumescing


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